German romanticism and science : the procreative poetics of Goethe, Novalis, and Ritter /
Jocelyn Holland.
New York : Routledge, 2009.
221 p.
0415993261 (hbk.), 9780415993265 (hbk.)
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New York : Routledge, 2009.
0415993261 (hbk.)
9780415993265 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Holland's insightful and compelling account brings alive some important debates in Romantic science, illuminating a fascinating chapter in the history of vitalism and materialism alike." Paul Bishop, University of Glasgow, UK, Modern Language Review
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Situated at the intersection of literature and science, Holland's study draws upon a diverse corpus of literary and scientific texts which testify to a cultural fascination with procreation around 1800. Through readings which range from Goethe's writing on metamorphosis to Novalis's aphorisms and novels and Ritter's Fragments from the Estate of a Young Physicist, Holland proposes that each author contributes to a scientifically-informed poetics of procreation. Rather than subscribing to a single biological theory (such as epigenesis or preformation), these authors take their inspiration from a wide inventory of procreative motifs and imagery.
Table of Contents
Poetic Procreation and GoetheG++s Theory of Metamorphosis
Friedrich von Hardenberg and the Discourse of Procreation
The Poet as Artisan and the Instruments of Procreation
Johann Wilhelm Ritter and the Writing of Life
Procreative Thinking - Scientific Projects
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