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British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind - Cambridge Studies in Romanticism (Paperback)
  • British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind - Cambridge Studies in Romanticism (Paperback)
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British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind - Cambridge Studies in Romanticism (Paperback)

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Paperback 268 Pages / Published: 26/09/2005
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521020404
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... exciting work ...' Journal of Consciousness Studies
'In his extensively researched book, Alan Richardson presents the reader with a new approach to reading British Romantic literature ... offers an illuminating approach to scholarship and also to some literary texts in British Romanticism while at the same time contributing to the developing field of cognitive historicism.' Poetics Today
'British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind will shape future studies of the cultural impact of medicine on nineteenth-century literature. The Romantic discovery of the 'brain' is a remarkable story, richly recounted in this study, one to which we will be frequently returning in the future.' Romanticism
"[An] important book [that] remains valuable for its literary readings and its tour d'horizon of the materialist tradition in romantic medicine." Neil Vickers, University College, London, Studies in Romanticism
"Alan Richardson's foray into the relationship between the `brain science' and literature of the Romantic period is a welcome contribution to the recent wave of writings on Romantic medicine and literature." Bulletin of the History of Medicine
"Richardsonas treatment of a hitherto neglected phase of cultural history should prove of interest to specialists in Romanticism at the graduate level and above." Choice
"The book is richly illustrated with nineteenth-century engravings of the anatomy of the brain and nervous system and contains extensive notes and bibliographic citations. It is as readable and exciting as it is careful, thought provoking and intelligent." Isis
"In his latest book, Richardson has begun research that will keep scholars busy for years to come. He has also offered literary interpretations that will change the way we think about words like `brain,' `mind,' `sensation,' and `thought' when we read them in Romantic and post-Romantic texts. His argument is clear, his evidence convincing, his writing graceful and compelling. In short, Richardson has made an extremely important contribution to Romantic studies." The Wordsworth Circle
"British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind promises to become a foundation text for the emerging Romanticist subdiscipline of discourse, culture, and corporeality...The book will be prized for the freshness and sanity of its approach as well as its illuminating and rigorous critical engagement with received opinion." Nineteenth-Century Literature
"Alan Richardson has written a serious, speculative, and provocative book on a very large subject." European Romantic Review

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