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This programme assesses Romantic primitivism and its origins.
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Module code and title: A202, The age of revolutions
Item code: A202; 17
First transmission date: 06-05-1972
Published: 1972
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Duration: 00:24:54
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Producer: Nick Levinson
Contributor: Graham Martin
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Art; Noble savage; Primitivism
Footage description: Graham Martin introduces the programme Martin outlines the subjects of the programme. He discussed primitivism, the urge to 'escape' imaginatively and romanticis. Modern and earlier pictorial images of primitivism and escapist fantasy are shown. Graham Martin discusses the image of the Noble Savage. Shots of Hogarth painting, and portrait of Louis XIV. Martin reads a question from a letter Lord Chesterfield to his son. Portrait of Chesterfield. Graham Martin describes the attributes of 18th century society against which the Noble Savage was a powerful symbol of revolt. Graham Martin discusses a further aspect of the Noble Savage image in 18th Century society. Lines from Pope are quoted. He goes onto analyse the image as an imaganitive construction in no way based on factual observation. Buchan's drawings of Fuegians are shown and Cook's view of them is quoted. The treatment of these drawings when published by others in London is pointed out. Graham Martin investigates the origins of the Noble Savage image. Quotation from Montaigne's read over 16th Century illustrations of Indians of the Americas. Graham Martin analysis Montaigne's passage, and continues to discuss the Golden Age and its links with the Christian Garden of Eden. Graham Martin now begins to discuss the new symbols of Romanticism for primitivistic feelings. An extract from Wordworth's 'Michael' is read out. Shots of Lake District and of Hogarths 'Gin Street'. Graham Martin analysis 'Michael' briefly. Graham Martin contrasts Wordworth's 'Michael' with the literary pastoral. A further quotation from 'Michael' is read. Martin then discusses the poem further. A quotation from a letter by S. T. Coleridge describing children at play is read. Graham Martin goes on to discuss the symbol of the child in Romantic writing. Graham Martin discusses Blake's treatment of the child symbol. Blake's 'The Chimney-sweep' is read; Graham Martin analyses Blake's 'I have no name' is read, Graham Martin comments. Graham Martin links the child symbol with the Noble Savage, its precursor, in symbolic meaning. A quotation from Wordsworth's prelude is read. Graham Martin continued his discussion of Romantic priraitivism. He outlines the idea of the the projection of experience with the universe as being characteristic of primitivistic ways of thought. Graham Martin summarises the programme. He links the symbolism of enlightenment and Romanticism.
Master spool number: 6HT/70652
Production number: 00521_2334
Videofinder number: 2527
Available to public: no