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Although “romantic science” may sound like a paradox, much of the romance surrounding modern science—the mad scientist, the intuitive genius, the utopian transformation of nature—originated in the Romantic period. Romantic Science traces the literary and cultural politics surrounding the formation of the modern scientific disciplines emerging from eighteenth-century natural history. Revealing how scientific concerns were literary concerns in the Romantic period, the contributors uncover the vital role that new discoveries in earth, plant, and animal sciences played in the period’s literary culture. As Thomas Pennant put it in 1772, “Natural History is, at present, the favourite science over all Europe, and the progress which has been made in it will distinguish and characterise the eighteenth century in the annals of literature.” As they examine the social and literary ramifications of a particular branch or object of natural history, the contributors to this volume historicize our present intellectual landscape by reimagining and redrawing the disciplinary boundaries between literature and science.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. A Note About the Cover
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction: The Commerce of Literature and Natural History
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Part I: The Boundaries of Natural History
  2. pp. 21-108
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  1. 1. “Twin Labourers and Heirs of the Same Hopes”: The Professional Rivalry of Humphry Davy and William Wordsworth
  2. pp. 23-52
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  1. 2. The Rock Record and Romantic Narratives of the Earth
  2. pp. 53-84
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  1. Part II: The Global Reach of Natural History
  2. pp. 109-196
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  1. 4. Jefferson’s Thermometer: Colonial Biogeographical Constructions of the Climate of America
  2. pp. 111-138
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  1. 5. Robinson Crusoe’s Earthenware Pot: Science, Aesthetics, and the Metaphysics of True Porcelain
  2. pp. 139-171
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  1. 6. Frankenstein, Racial Science, and the “Yellow Peril”
  2. pp. 173-196
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  1. Part III: Botany, Taxonomy, and Political Discourse
  2. pp. 197-270
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  1. 7. Lyrical Strategies, Didactic Intent: Reading the Kitchen Garden Manual
  2. pp. 199-222
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  1. 8. Romantic Exemplarity: Botany and “Material” Culture
  2. pp. 223-254
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  1. 9. Taxonomical Cures: The Politics of Natural History and Herbalist Medicine in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton
  2. pp. 255-270
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 271-273
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-281
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791486931
Related ISBN
9780791457016
MARC Record
OCLC
56418461
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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