Romanticism and Popular Culture

This evolving bibliography collects media that represent Romantic-era works and historical figures in fictional contexts. We welcome feedback and additions from the RC community.

Television

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2014

“Adonais” is quoted in this episode: “Do you believe in fate? I don’t mean justice. I mean retribution. Facing the consequences of your actions that have produced catastrophe. A sin that is everlasting, one that you have made immortal. There is a line from Shelley that haunts me, a single line from Adonais. I cannot get it out of my head. ‘No more let life divide, what death can join together.’”

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2016

This episode includes a character named John Clare who quotes extensively from “I Am.”

Pride and Prejudice TV promo poster

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BBC

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1995

"Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy." -Wikipedia

Red Dwarf TV show poster

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BBC

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1997

"In the 1997 episode of science fiction comedy Red Dwarf entitled 'Beyond a Joke,' the crew of the space ship relax in a virtual reality rendition of 'Pride and Prejudice Land' in 'Jane Austen World.'" -Wikipedia

Regency House Party DVD cover

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Wall to Wall, PBS, Channel 4

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2004

"Regency House Party is a historical reality television programme made by Wall to Wall/Channel 4 in 2004....In the series a group of five men and five women, accompanied by four older female "chaperones," are given the identities of Regency-era singles. Participants received instruction in the upper class courtship rituals of the time and were charged with seeking out a suitable marriages within the group." -Wikipedia

Slacker Cats promo image

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ABC Family

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2007

In 2007, the TV show Slacker Cats featured an episode entitled "Ozymandias."

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20th Century Fox

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2013

One of Blake's illustrations of the Great Red Dragon was used on the October 7, 2013 episode of the Sleepy Hollow television show to illustrate a demon antagonist, Moloch. -Wikipedia

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1967

This episode was written by Gilbert Ralston and Gene L. Coon, and directed by Marc Daniels. A 2013 fan produced sequel, "Pilgrim of Eternity", continued the allusion, by using the title given to Byron in the poem.

Supersizers Go

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2007

The television show Supersizers Go... (2007-2009) features two episodes set in the Romantic period: season 1, episode 6, "The Supersizers Go...Regency," mentions Jane Austen and Lord Byron within an examination of typical Regency-era cuisine; season 2, episode 3, "The Supersizers Eat...The French Revolution" covers France from 1785-1795.

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2013

On Season 7 Episode 4 of The Big Bang Theory ("The Raiders Minimization"), Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) attempts to “ruin” the plot of his girlfriend’s favorite novel in retaliation for her criticisms of Raiders of the Lost Ark but cannot; he claims that “Amy’s beloved Pride and Prejudice is a flawless masterpiece. He’s got too much pride, she’s got too much prejudice -- it just works.”

External link to Youtube

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2016

In season 4, episode 4 of The Crown (2016-), Prince Charles (played by Josh O'Connor) tells his mother, Elizabeth II (Olivia Coleman) that his new home, Highgrove House, is his "own little Shangri-La, Xanadu" and quotes several lines from Coleridge's "Kubla Khan":

And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

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2015

The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015-2017) follows a murder investigation in 1827 London. Mary Shelley, William Blake, and Ada Lovelace are prominent characters, and Frankenstein is of course heavily featured, as are the works of William Blake.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Poster

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Pemberly Digital

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2012

"The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is an American drama web series adapted from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice where the story is conveyed in the form of vlogs. It was created by Hank Green and Bernie Su and stars Ashley Clements, Mary Kate Wiles, Laura Spencer, Julia Cho and Daniel Vincent Gordh." -Wikipedia

The series is hosted on YouTube with supplemental content on other social media platforms. Spinoffs include a book adaptation of the web show and the web series Emma Approved, an adaptation of Austen's novel Emma.

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Primrose Hill Productions, Warner Bros. Television

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2010

In "Red Sky in the Morning", the May 2010 second-season finale of The Mentalist, the hero Patrick Jane's nemesis Red John quotes Blake's poem "The Tyger". "Red Sky at Night", which opened the third season in Sept. 2010, finds Jane reading a text-only version of Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, specifically the poem "The Divine Image". The Songs collection contains both poems. In Season 6 of The Mentalist Patrick Jane discovers a conspiracy of corrupt police officers and law enforcement named after William Blake that call themselves "The Blake Association" -Wikipedia

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Primrose Hill Productions, Warner Bros. Television

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2010

"Red Sky at Night", which opened the third season in Sept. 2010, finds Jane reading a text-only version of Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, specifically the poem "The Divine Image". The Songs collection contains the poems.

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Primrose Hill Productions, Warner Bros. Television

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2013

In Season 6 of The Mentalist Patrick Jane discovers a conspiracy of corrupt police officers and law enforcement named after William Blake that call themselves "The Blake Association." -Wikipedia

The Orville poster

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2017

In season 1, episode 4 of the sci-fi comedy series The Orville (2017-), Dr. Claire Finn (played by Penny Johnson Jerald) quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson ("If the stars should appear..."), to which Captain Ed Mercer responds "Shakespeare?" When Finn corrects Mercer, he responds "Ralph Waldo Lord Ralph Waldo Keats David Thoreau, yes."

Simpsons season 11 poster

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1999

In the Simpsons season 11, episode 2 (1999) episode entitled "Brother's Little Helper," Mrs. Krabappel asks Bart Simpson's fourth-grade class "who would like to read ''The Daffodils'' by Wordsworth?," and Sherri responds with ''I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o'er vales and hills."

 

The Simpsons Season 5

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1993

In season 5, episode 8 of The Simpsons ("Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood"), Homer misquotes Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner": "Don't you know the poem? 'Water water everywhere / So let's all have a drink?'"

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1995

The X-Files season 2, episode 18 is entitled “Fearful Symmetry.”

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1997

The X-Files season 5, episode 5 is entitled “The Post-Modern Prometheus” and contains references to Frankenstein (both the novel and the 1931 film version)

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