By Peter Heymans
The medical, political, and business revolutions of the Romantic interval reworked the prestige of people and redefined the concept that of species. This e-book examines literary representations of human and non-human animality in British Romanticism. The book’s novel method specializes in the function of aesthetic flavor within the Romantic knowing of the animal. focusing on the discourses of the chic, the gorgeous, and the gruesome, Heymans argues that the Romantics’ aesthetic perspectives of animality influenced—and have been stimulated by—their ethical, medical, political, and theological judgment. The examine finds how emotions of environmental alienation and disgust performed a good ethical position in animal rights poetry, why ugliness provided any such serious problem for Romantic-period scientists and theologians, and the way, in political writings, the violent but awe-inspiring strength of unique species got here to represent the wonder and terror of the French Revolution.
Linking the works of Wordsworth, Blake, Coleridge, Byron, the Shelleys, Erasmus Darwin, and William Paley to the theories of Immanuel Kant and Edmund Burke, this ebook brings an unique viewpoint to the fields of ecocriticism, animal experiences, and literature and technological know-how studies.
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Animality in British Romanticism: The Aesthetics of Species (Routledge Studies in Romanticism) by Peter Heymans