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German Romanticism and Science: The Procreative Poetics of Goethe, Novalis, and Ritter
     

German Romanticism and Science: The Procreative Poetics of Goethe, Novalis, and Ritter

by Jocelyn Holland
 

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Situated at the intersection of literature and science, Holland's study draws upon a diverse corpus of literary and scientific texts which testify to a cultural fascination with procreation around 1800. Through readings which range from Goethe’s writing on metamorphosis to Novalis’s aphorisms and novels and Ritter’s Fragments from the Estate of a

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Situated at the intersection of literature and science, Holland's study draws upon a diverse corpus of literary and scientific texts which testify to a cultural fascination with procreation around 1800. Through readings which range from Goethe’s writing on metamorphosis to Novalis’s aphorisms and novels and Ritter’s Fragments from the Estate of a Young Physicist, Holland proposes that each author contributes to a scientifically-informed poetics of procreation. Rather than subscribing to a single biological theory (such as epigenesis or preformation), these authors take their inspiration from a wide inventory of procreative motifs and imagery.

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"Holland’s insightful and compelling account brings alive some important debates in Romantic science, illuminating a fascinating chapter in the history of vitalism and materialism alike." Paul Bishop, University of Glasgow, UK, Modern Language Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415993265
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/23/2009
Series:
Routledge Studies in Romanticism Series , #13
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Jocelyn Holland is Assistant Professor, Department of German and the Program for Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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