Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life

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Bringing together an exciting variety of approaches, the fifteen authors here direct attention to Coleridge's relation to the "sciences of life"—a term which embraces a much broader field than modern "science." Accordingly there are essays on Coleridge and the vitalist debate, political and social ideas, race theories, dissent, literary relations, and language, as well as on his relation to contemporary optics, chemistry, geology, anatomy, and medicine. Taken all together, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life marks a vital and exciting development in Coleridge criticism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198187233
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on References
1 Introduction: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life 1
2 Myths of Community in the Lyrical Ballads 1798-1998: The Commonwealth and the Constitution 25
3 The Political Sciences of Life: From American Pantisocracy to British Romanticism 47
4 Jews, Jubilee, and Harringtonianism in Coleridge and Maria Edgeworth: Republican Conversions 69
5 Coleridge and 'the Ouran utang Hypothesis': Romantic Theories of Race 91
6 Theorizing Golgotha: Coleridge, Race Theory, and the Skull Beneath the Skin 117
7 'Kubla Khan' and the Theory of the Earth 134
8 Coleridge's 'Abstruse Researches' 155
9 Space for Speculation: Coleridge, Barbauld, and the Poetics of Priestley 175
10 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Frankenstein 207
11 Coleridge's 'Hymn before Sun-rise' and the Voice Not Heard 224
12 Coleridge and the End of Autonomy 246
13 Historicism Readings of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 271
14 Coleridge's Secret Ministry: Historical Reading and Editorial Theory 297
15 How shall we write the Life of Coleridge? 315
Bibliography 330
Contributors 350
Index 353
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