I ought to mention in all seriousness that the kind of Romanticism I have written about is not connected with a subject on which I have written in my lighter moments. One such article is The Invisible Empire of Romantia. The following articles also indicate my curiosity about the eccentric ladies and their particular “methods of education”.
- The Invisible Empire of Romantia
- More Reflections on Freedom and “The Pit”
- Speech and Pronunciation
- Et in Arcadia Ego
- The Dream of Non-Papal Catholicism
Here is an interesting history of this whole movement loosely based on Guénonian traditionalism, which merits a study of its own. The historical link between philosophical Traditionalism and Romanticism in the nineteenth century in undeniable. That being said, it would be sad if everything were tarred with the same brush with this quite cranky feminist movement with sado-masochistic tendencies!
Some more old stuff has been published on Romantia, featuring Imperial Angel, New Century, The Romantic and the English Magazine. There are also various other written pieces and essays. I wish they would publish sound files of the cassettes they used to publish, and which you would put on a cassette player hidden in the shell of an old 1930’s wireless set! This kind of stuff can only come from English eccentricity, and it is very amusing in its absurdity.
On a more serious note, it takes a considerable amount of delving to discern what the Romantic Ladies want(ed) to convey. Much of it seems to be an appallingly shallow form of conservatism refusing modernity from about 1960, yet accepting the modernity of the earlier part of the twentieth century. It is quite dotty, and I don’t really consider these persons as very fréquentables given their record of using corporal punishment in their “school of manners” – which looks suspiciously like sado-masochism. They seem to be still in business under a different name.
Here are some “Aristasian” sites:
- Nova Aristasia
- Aristasia Friends
- The Aristasian Empire even has its own religion.
- They even have a blog!
- They use Twitter. How unromantic!
For me, Romanticism is a whole philosophy of life and a temperament of personality, as I attempted to describe in my previous article, which has nothing to do with British Imperialism, using feet and inches instead of metres and centimetres, running boards on 1920’s motor cars, 1930’s wireless sets or women’s fashion in the 1900’s! We need to make this vital distinction between a whole part of artistic and philosophical culture over the past 250 years and this caricature.
There is occasionally some depth in some of the Romantic Ladies‘ writings, mixed up as it is with home-made religion and almost cynical mockery. Nevertheless, one can find articles worthy of being read in a more serious mood, but we need to be critical.
Romanticism frankly deserves better than this standing joke! As I said in another article, it’s best not to try to create movements – best to live and work, and just be oneself.