Animality in British Romanticism: The Aesthetics of Species by Peter Heymans

By Peter Heymans

The medical, political, and commercial revolutions of the Romantic interval reworked the prestige of people and redefined the idea that of species. This publication examines literary representations of human and non-human animality in British Romanticism. The book’s novel strategy specializes in the position of aesthetic style within the Romantic knowing of the animal. targeting the discourses of the chic, 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 research finds how emotions of environmental alienation and disgust performed a good ethical function in animal rights poetry, why ugliness offered the sort 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 booklet brings an unique standpoint to the fields of ecocriticism, animal reports, and literature and technological know-how studies.

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