I'll be honest -- I don't know much about literary movements. In general, I just read books that sound good and either enjoy them or don't. Thus, I have no idea as I type this which movement Les Miserables is a piece of. Actually that's a lie -- I have a vague idea that it is a Romantic novel from skimming the footnotes of the book. Sparknotes will provide the answer! (Drumroll...) Ah yes. Sparknotes kindly reveals that Hugo is a leader of the Romantic literary movement. On to the questions, which I will answer to the best of my (ever limited) ability.
What literary movement is the prose or poetry you're reading from? What are the values or ideals of the movement? Name other writers of the movement.
Ooh, I just noticed that November's Autumn kindly provided a reference list of websites!! *Brings November's Autumn virtual cookies in gratitude.* As aforementioned, Les Miserables is a Romantic literary work. According to Sparknotes (once again), Romanticism is characterized by a celebration of "spontaneity, imagination, subjectivity, and the purity of nature." Other authors of this genre that I personally enjoy include Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Another well-known and stereotypical Romantic author (whom I have never read) is Lord Byron. From personal experience, now that I am slightly more aware of what Romanticism is, I would say that like Romantic classical music (with which I am infinitely more familiar), Romantic literature is not afraid of excess. Passion, drama, and above all, being ruled by your heart, whether that is in affairs of love or ambition, seem to rule Romantic works.
How has the story reflected the ideals of the movement? Are you encouraged to read more works within the movement or move away from it?
I would say Les Miserables is reflective of the movement, even in the more didactic sections. Hugo writes with great passion and energy about the different political divisions in the France of his era, the loves and hates of his characters, and (in true Romantic character) the scenery of his tale, although much of it takes place in the city.
I am encouraged to read more works in this movement. I must admit at times I tend to excess of emotions and drama myself, so I am enjoying this movement quite a bit.