Romanticism and the Human Sciences: Poetry, Population, and the Discourse of the Species

Romanticism and the Human Sciences: Poetry, Population, and the Discourse of the Species

by Maureen N. McLane
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521028205

ISBN-13: 9780521028202

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This innovative study examines the dialogue between British Romantic poetry and the human sciences of the period. Maureen McLane reveals how Romantic writers participated in a new-found consciousness of human beings as a species, engaging with major discourses on moral philosophy, political economy and anthropology by preeminent theorists such as Malthus, Godwin

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This innovative study examines the dialogue between British Romantic poetry and the human sciences of the period. Maureen McLane reveals how Romantic writers participated in a new-found consciousness of human beings as a species, engaging with major discourses on moral philosophy, political economy and anthropology by preeminent theorists such as Malthus, Godwin and Burke. The book provides original readings of canonical works, including Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Percy Shelley's Prometheus Unbound, and has much to say about the place of Romantic poetry within its culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521028202
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Romanticism Series, #41
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction, or the thing at hand; 1. Toward an anthropologic: poetry, literature, and the discourse of the species; 2. Do rustics think? Wordworth, Coleridge, and the problem of a 'human diction'; 3. Literate species: populations, 'humanities', and the specific failure of literature in Frankenstein; 4. The 'arithmetic of futurity': poetry, population, and the structure of the future; 5. Dead poets and other romantic populations: immortality and its discontents; Epilogue, or Immortality interminable: the use of poetry for life; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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