Romanticism and the Human Sciences: Poetry, Population, and the Discourse of the Species by Maureen N. McLaneRomanticism and the Human Sciences: Poetry, Population, and the Discourse of the Species by Maureen N. McLane

Romanticism and the Human Sciences: Poetry, Population, and the Discourse of the Species

byMaureen N. McLane

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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This innovative study examines the dialogue between British Romantic poetry and the human sciences of the period. Maureen McLane reveals how Romantic writers participated in a new-found consciousness of human beings as a species, engaging with major discourses on moral philosophy, political economy and anthropology by preeminent theorists such as Malthus, Godwin and Burke. The book provides original readings of canonical works, including Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Percy Shelley's Prometheus Unbound, and has much to say about the place of Romantic poetry within its culture.
Title:Romanticism and the Human Sciences: Poetry, Population, and the Discourse of the SpeciesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521028205

ISBN - 13:9780521028202

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction, or the thing at hand; 1. Toward an anthropologic: poetry, literature, and the discourse of the species; 2. Do rustics think? Wordworth, Coleridge, and the problem of a 'human diction'; 3. Literate species: populations, 'humanities', and the specific failure of literature in Frankenstein; 4. The 'arithmetic of futurity': poetry, population, and the structure of the future; 5. Dead poets and other romantic populations: immortality and its discontents; Epilogue, or Immortality interminable: the use of poetry for life; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"A book of wide scope and intellectual ambition." RedNova News