By Peter Heymans
The medical, political, and commercial revolutions of the Romantic interval reworked the prestige of people and redefined the concept that of species. This ebook examines literary representations of human and non-human animality in British Romanticism. The book’s novel method specializes in the position of aesthetic style within the Romantic figuring out of the animal. focusing on the discourses of the elegant, the gorgeous, and the grotesque, Heymans argues that the Romantics’ aesthetic perspectives of animality influenced—and have been encouraged by—their ethical, medical, political, and theological judgment. The examine unearths how emotions of environmental alienation and disgust performed a favorable ethical function in animal rights poetry, why ugliness offered this kind of significant issue 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 publication brings an unique standpoint to the fields of ecocriticism, animal stories, 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