Blake's "Glad Day" or "Albion's Dance" of "Total Revolution"
"If I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution." --Emma Goldman, Anarchist (1869-1940)
Independence Day 2015 Thematic Images for Essay-with-Soundtrack: "Romantic 'Total Revolution': The Democracy of Soul & The Goddess of Liberty"
(Concering the GS's previous musical essay for the Summer Solstice celebration.) Given that America's Independence Day follows on the heels of the Summer Solstice, the Fourth of July celebration naturally partakes of high summer festivities. As stated on a typical Federal Holiday website: "Independence Day is commonly associated with barbecues, picnics, concerts, carnivals, parades, and fireworks."
"In fireworks are released, all the explosive pyrotechnics of a dream. The inflammable desires, dampened by day under the cold water of consciousness, are ignited at night by the libertarian matches of sleep, and burst fourth in showers of shimmering incandescence. These imaginary displays provide a temporary relief." —Kenneth Anger
Thematic Images of the American Revolution & Its Social Context
Thematic Images (Memes) for Democracy and Nature
It has been posited that 19th-century American Romantic landscape painting, by way of the New York Hudson River School (as in the paintings above), influenced the French Romantic Alexis de Tocqueville's imagination of America and its democracy, since the Hudson River School dated from the 1820s, which, five years before Tocqueville arrived in the United States and ten years before his Democracy in America was published, had come into being to great critical and popular acclaim. The school had started with the Hudson River region in New York, but eventually extended in time and space all the way to California and the 1870s. The time period in which the school's artists were active was a time of momentous social, political, and economic change in American history, and the work of the Hudson River School artists represents part of the process of the national self-conceptualization taking place in those years. It is for this reason that the landscape paintings of the Hudson River School lay claim to an important place in American art history and in the American cultural consciousness. These landscapes of the Romantic Imagination, then, represent the undeniable place that nature has and continues to occupy in the American imagination and its ongoing re-visioning socio-political institutions.
Therefore, this information substantiates the GS's argument about the vital interelationship between art and poltics in the Romantic movement (e.g., Schiller and Blake and the new conceptions of "beauty and the sublime"); namely, that the "Romantic Total Revolution" aesetheticized politics and politicized art, and thus constructed a poltical ideology/theory that offerred a different -- more primary and more essential -- course of social change than the strictly "political" French Revolutiion, which failed to bring about the liberation it promised.
Thematic Images of the Goddess of Liberty, Liberty Staff/Pole & Liberty Cap
It's coming through a hole in the air, from those nights in Tiananmen Square…. Democracy is coming to the U.S.A. --Leonard Cohen, 'Democracy'
After centuries, the Goddess of Liberty/Democracy has reappeared, from Tiananmen Square in Beijing to Portsmouth Square in San Francisco.
Thematic Images of Goddess of Liberty Coins
Thematic Images for The French Revolution & Bastille Day 7/14/13
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