Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life

Hardcover | September 15, 2001

EditorNicholas Roe

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Over the last two decades Romantic studies have been invigorated by a variety of historical methods, approaches, interests; yet work on Samuel Taylor Coleridge has remained dominated by traditional views of Romantic transcendence. Bringing together an exciting variety of approaches, thefifteen authors here redirect attention to Coleridge's relation to the 'sciences of life' - a term which embraces a much broader field than modern 'science'. Accordingly there are chapters on Coleridge and the vitalist debate, political and social ideas, race theories, dissent, literary relations,and language, as well as on his relation to contemporary optics, chemistry, geology, anatomy, and medicine. Taken all together, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life marks a vital and exciting development in Coleridge criticism.

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Over the last two decades Romantic studies have been invigorated by a variety of historical methods, approaches, interests; yet work on Samuel Taylor Coleridge has remained dominated by traditional views of Romantic transcendence. Bringing together an exciting variety of approaches, thefifteen authors here redirect attention to Colerid...

Nicholas Roe is a Professor of English Literature at University of St Andrews.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIllustrationsAbbreviations1. Nicholas Roe: Introduction2. Elinor Shaffer: Myths of Community in the Lyrical Ballads 1798-1998: The Commonwealth and the Constitution3. Kenneth R. Johnston: The Political Sciences of Life: From American Pantisocracy to British Romanticism4. Susan Manly: Jews, Jubilee, and Harringtonianism in Coleridge and Maria Edgeworth: Republican Conversions5. Peter J. Kitson: Coleridge and 'the Oran utan hypothesis': Romantic Theories of Race6. Tim Fulford: Theorizing Golgotha: Coleridge, Race Theory, and the Skull Beneath the Skin7. James C. McKusick: Kubla Khan and the Theory of the Earth8. Neil Vickers: Coleridge's Abstruse Researches9. Jane Stabler: Space for Speculation: Coleridge, Barbauld, and the Poetics of Priestley10. Beth Lau: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Frankenstein11. Angela Esterhammer: Coleridge's 'Hymn before Sun-rise' and the Voice Not Heard12. Seamus Perry: Coleridge and the End of Autonomy13. Raimondo Modiano: Historicist Readings of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner14. Kelvin Everest: Coleridge's Secret Ministry: Historical Reading and Editorial Theory15. John Beer: How Shall We Write the Life of Coleridge?ContributorsIndex

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"The essays are refreshingly well written and free of jargon, and the bibliography and index are excellent."--Choice