By Peter Heymans

ISBN-10: 0415507308

ISBN-13: 9780415507301

The medical, political, and commercial revolutions of the Romantic interval remodeled the prestige of people and redefined the idea that of species. This e-book examines literary representations of human and non-human animality in British Romanticism. The book’s novel technique makes a speciality of the function of aesthetic flavor within the Romantic knowing of the animal. focusing on the discourses of the elegant, the attractive, and the gruesome, Heymans argues that the Romantics’ aesthetic perspectives of animality influenced—and have been encouraged by—their ethical, medical, political, and theological judgment. The learn finds how emotions of environmental alienation and disgust performed a good ethical position in animal rights poetry, why ugliness provided the sort of serious problem for Romantic-period scientists and theologians, and the way, in political writings, the violent but awe-inspiring energy 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 booklet brings an unique standpoint to the fields of ecocriticism, animal stories, and literature and technology studies.

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