British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind

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Cambridge University Press, 26 jul. 2001 - 243 páginas
In this provocative and original study, Alan Richardson examines an entire range of intellectual, cultural, and ideological points of contact between British Romantic literary writing and the pioneering brain science of the time. Richardson breaks new ground in two fields, revealing a significant and undervalued facet of British Romanticism while demonstrating the 'Romantic' character of early neuroscience. Crucial notions like the active mind, organicism, the unconscious, the fragmented subject, instinct and intuition, arising simultaneously within the literature and psychology of the era, take on unsuspected valences that transform conventional accounts of Romantic cultural history. Neglected issues like the corporeality of mind, the role of non-linguistic communication, and the peculiarly Romantic understanding of cultural universals are reopened in discussions that bring new light to bear on long-standing critical puzzles, from Coleridge's suppression of 'Kubla Khan', to Wordsworth's perplexing theory of poetic language, to Austen's interest in head injury.
 

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CHAPTER TWO Coleridge and the new unconscious
39
Wordsworths poetics and the science of feelings
66
minds brains and the subject of Persuasion
93
CHAPTER FIVE Keats and the glories of the brain
114
CHAPTER SIX Embodied universalism Romantic discourse and the anthropological imagination
151
CHAPTER SEVEN Epilogue
181
Notes
186
Bibliography
219
Index
237
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Alan Richardson is Professor of English at Boston College.

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