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Imagination and Science in Romanticism [electronic resource] / Richard C. Sha.

Sha, Richard C., (author.). Project Muse. (Added Author).
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Subject: Discoveries in science > History > 19th century.
Romanticism > Great Britain.
Imagination in literature.
Science in literature.
English literature > 19th century > History and criticism.

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  • ISBN: 9781421425795
  • ISBN: 1421425793
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (pages cm)
  • Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Imagining dynamic matter: Percy Shelley, Prometheus unbound and the chemistry and physics of matter -- William Blake and the neurological imagination: romantic science, nerves, and the emergent self -- The physiological imagination and Coleridge's Biographia -- Obstetrics and embryology: science and imagination in Frankenstein.
Summary: "In Imagination and Science in Romanticism, Richard Sha challenges the idea that the imagination could only be applied to the literary and that its primary role was to transcend scientific concerns. Sha shows how the imagination functioned within physics and chemistry in Prometheus Unbound, neurology in Blake's Four Zoas, physiology in Coleridge's Biographia Literaria, and obstetrics and embryology in Frankenstein. Sha also shows how the imagination was used in the scientific community, highlighting as primary examples the work of Davy, Faraday, Priestley, Kant, Mary Somerville, Oersted, Marcet, Swedenborg, Blumenbach, Buffon, Erasmus Darwin, and Von Baer, among others. Both fields profited from thinking about how the imagination could cooperate with reason and how hypotheses that had the possibility of actuality could benefit their work" -- Provided by publisher.
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