By Peter Heymans
The clinical, political, and business revolutions of the Romantic interval remodeled the prestige of people and redefined the idea that of species. This publication examines literary representations of human and non-human animality in British Romanticism. The book’s novel method makes a speciality of the position of aesthetic flavor within the Romantic figuring out of the animal. targeting the discourses of the elegant, the attractive, and the grotesque, Heymans argues that the Romantics’ aesthetic perspectives of animality influenced—and have been inspired by—their ethical, clinical, political, and theological judgment. The learn unearths how emotions of environmental alienation and disgust performed a favorable ethical function in animal rights poetry, why ugliness provided this kind of 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 sweetness 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 e-book brings an unique standpoint 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