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Examination of the links between literary history and science provides valuable new insights for scholars across a range of disciplines. John Wyatt explores the unexpectedly close relationship between William Wordsworth and a group of scientists in the formative years of the new science of geology. Wyatt's study of this personal and intellectual friendship challenges the simplistic opposition between Romantic-literary and scientific-materialist cultures, and shows how discourses were affected by the network of influences between poetry and geology.Read more
- Extends discussion of Romanticism into the scientific field of geology
- Brings insights into study of the relationships between literature and science
- Introduces information about Wordsworth and science which affects readings of Wordsworth's poetry
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"This is a straightforward historical study....Wyatt's research is unimpeded by abstract theoretical claims....is a significant contribution to our knowledge of the complex links between poetic and scientific thought in the first half of the nineteenth century in England." AlbionSee more reviews
"Wyatt has mastered and presented a broad array of scholarship about Romantic literature, Wordsworth, theology, geology, and natural science in a critical, thoughtful, and scholarly, but readable manner." Thomas McGeary, Journal of Geoscience Education
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- Date Published: October 2005
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521020909
- length: 284 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.432kg
- contains: 11 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Wordsworth's geology: references and allusions
3. 'Pronounce their benediction: speak of them as powers': the wider context of geological information
4. Trinity men
5. Order, clarity, distinctness
6. 'The universality of nature's kingdom'?
7. Duration and decay: the abyss of time
8. Geology: the poetic discipline
9. Geologists and humanity
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