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The Calamity Form: On Poetry and Social Life

Anahid Nersessian


Romanticism coincided with two major historical developments: the Industrial Revolution and, with it, a turning point in our relationship to the earth, its inhabitants, and its climate. Drawing on Marxism and philosophy of science, this book shines new light on Romantic poetry, identifying a number of rhetorical tropes used by writers to underscore their very failure to make sense of our move to industrialization. The book explores works by Friedrich Hölderlin, William Wordsworth, John Keats, and others to argue that, as the human and ecological costs of industry became clear, Romantic poetry ... More

Keywords: poetry, poetics, capitalism, Marxism, climate change, figurative language, tropes, Romantic poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226701288
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226701455.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anahid Nersessian, author
University of California, Los Angeles

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