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Author Sha, Richard C., author

Title Imagination and science in Romanticism / Richard C. Sha
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 327 pages)
Contents Imagining dynamic matter: Percy Shelley, Prometheus unbound and the chemistry and physics of matter -- William Blake and the neurological imagination: romantic science, nerves, and the emergent self -- The physiological imagination and Coleridge's Biographia -- Obstetrics and embryology: science and imagination in Frankenstein
Summary "In Imagination and Science in Romanticism, Richard Sha challenges the idea that the imagination could only be applied to the literary and that its primary role was to transcend scientific concerns. Sha shows how the imagination functioned within physics and chemistry in Prometheus Unbound, neurology in Blake's Four Zoas, physiology in Coleridge's Biographia Literaria, and obstetrics and embryology in Frankenstein. Sha also shows how the imagination was used in the scientific community, highlighting as primary examples the work of Davy, Faraday, Priestley, Kant, Mary Somerville, Oersted, Marcet, Swedenborg, Blumenbach, Buffon, Erasmus Darwin, and Von Baer, among others. Both fields profited from thinking about how the imagination could cooperate with reason and how hypotheses that had the possibility of actuality could benefit their work"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Science in literature.
Imagination in literature.
Romanticism -- Great Britain
Discoveries in science -- History -- 19th century
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Discoveries in science.
English literature.
Imagination in literature.
Science in literature.
Imagination Motiv
Wissenschaft Motiv
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781421425795