Romanticism and the Human Sciences: Poetry, Population, and the Discourse of the Species (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism)

  • Publish Date: 2006-11-02
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Maureen N. McLane
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This innovative study examines the dialogue between British Romantic poetry and the human sciences of the period. Maureen McLane reveals how Romantic writers participated in a new-found consciousness of human beings as a species, engaging with major discourses on moral philosophy, political economy and anthropology by preeminent theorists such as Malthus, Godwin and Burke. The book provides original readings of canonical works, including Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Percy Shelley's Prometheus Unbound, and has much to say about the place of Romantic poetry within its culture.



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