British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind

British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind

by Alan Richardson

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In this provocative and original study, Alan Richardson examines an entire range of intellectual, cultural, and ideological points of contact between British Romantic literary writing and the pioneering brain science of the time. Poets such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats, and novelists such as Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, are shown to have shared a surprising extent of common ground with pioneering brain scientists including Erasmus Darwin and F. J. Gall. It demonstrates the value for literary and cultural history of learning from recent work in neuroscience and cognitive science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521020404
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/26/2005
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism , #47
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Alan Richardson is Professor of English at Boston College.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: neural Romanticism; 2. Coleridge and the new unconscious; 3. A beating mind: Wordsworth's poetics and the 'science of feelings'; 4. Of heartache and head injury: minds, brains, and the subject of Persuasion; 5. Keats and the glories of the brain; 6. Embodied universalism, Romantic discourse, and the anthropological imagination; Epilogue.

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