Romantic Turbulence: Chaos, Ecology, and American Space

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Eric Wilson reveals a neglected yet powerful current in several major Romantic figures: the affirmation of--not escape from--turbulence. Romantic Turbulence unearths the chaotic undercurrents of European Romanticism found in Goethes science and Schellings philosophy, and demonstrates how these tendencies agitate the texts of Emerson, Fuller, Melville, Thoreau, and Whitman. These writers see the universe not as a reflection of transcendent harmony or a system of predictable laws but rather as a convergence of ...
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Overview

Eric Wilson reveals a neglected yet powerful current in several major Romantic figures: the affirmation of--not escape from--turbulence. Romantic Turbulence unearths the chaotic undercurrents of European Romanticism found in Goethes science and Schellings philosophy, and demonstrates how these tendencies agitate the texts of Emerson, Fuller, Melville, Thoreau, and Whitman. These writers see the universe not as a reflection of transcendent harmony or a system of predictable laws but rather as a convergence of chaos and order, a polarized field. Detailing this undulatory cosmos, Wilson shows how these American Romantics participate in its unsettling rhythms by practicing an ecological poetics, translating the energies of their habitat into living compositions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312228828
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/22/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Wilson is Assistant Professor of English at Wake Forest University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Houses Founded on the Sea
Emerson’s Paralogical Currents
Fuller’s Metamorphoses
Melville and the Ungraspable Phantom
Thoreau Over the Deep
Whitman’s Atoms
Conclusion: Clouds Over the Ocean
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