Romantic literature is a genre of literature that emphasizes emotion over reason and intellect. The term comes from the French word “roman,” meaning “novel.” Romantic literature generally features an idealized hero who experiences some form of personal growth as a result of his or her adventures.
In the 18th century, the Enlightenment philosophers believed that human beings were rational creatures who could be educated to make decisions based on reason. They also believed that human beings were inherently good and would always choose the right thing to do if they were given enough information.
Romance novels are often considered a sub-genre of romantic literature, but they are actually very different in terms of their structure and themes. While romance novels do feature a central relationship between two characters, they tend to focus more on the emotional connection between them than on any kind of personal growth or transformation.
The romantic era in literature was an era when writers began to focus on the emotions, feelings and internal struggles of their characters. Romanticism emphasized the importance of nature and imagination over reason and science.
Romanticism also emphasized individualism and uniqueness, which meant that a person’s experiences were more important than social norms or conventions. This led to a new appreciation for individual experience, creativity and emotion. In addition, romantic writers portrayed people who weren’t bound by social rules as moral exemplars (examples of good behavior).