Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life
Oxford University Press, 2001 - 364 pages
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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