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Sweet Science: Romantic Materialism and the New Logics of Life

Amanda Jo Goldstein


Today we do not expect poems to carry scientifically valid information. But it was not always so. This book returns to the beginnings of the division of labor between literature and science to recover a tradition of Romantic life writing for which poetry was a privileged technique of empirical inquiry, especially when it came to the intersection between biological and historical life. It puts apparently literary projects such as William Blake’s poetry of embryogenesis, Goethe’s journals On Morphology, and Percy Shelley’s “poetry of life” back into conversation with openly poetic life sciences ... More

Keywords: biology, empiricism, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Lucretius, materialism, Percy Shelley, poetry, Romanticism, William Blake

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226458441
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226458588.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda Jo Goldstein, author
Cornell University