'Bliss was it in that shirt to be alive': Connecting Romanticism and New Romanticism through dress
Bernhard Jackson, EA
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Nobody likes the New Romantics. By and large, popular culture criticism that even bothers to mention the New Romantic fashion and music movement of the early 1980s dismisses it as vacuous, slick, self-absorbed, and (apparently worst of all in criticism of popular music) apolitical. Moreover, in a body of scholarly work that often examines eighties genres such as post-punk, goth, and hip-hop, analyses of the 1979-1982 wave that led to a second British invasion of American pop music are thin on the ground. This absence of criticism is unfortunate, not least because the New Romantic movement has rich and complex links to economics, sociology, and, yes, politics. Taking that fact as its starting point, this essay offers a serious, sustained analysis of New Romanticism, exploring its connections to the original British Romantic literary movement. [...]
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Published in: Rock and Romanticism, Edited by J. Rovira
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