Romanticism in Perspective:Texts, Cultures, Histories

Emerson's Sublime Science

Authors: Wilson, E.

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Emerson's Sublime Science explores relationships among Emerson's poetics, theory of the sublime, and engagement with electromagnetism. The book illustrates how Davy's chemistry and Faraday's physics revealed to Emerson a sublime universe in which matter is boundless electrical force. It argues that Emerson translated this discovery into a sublime writing style crafted to galvanize readers with the insight that matter is energy. In illuminating Emerson's project, this study also uncovers connections among British Romanticism, American Romanticism, and nineteenth-century science.

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Eric Wilson is Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest University.

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'Wilson's book is interesting in the way it combines a close reading of Emerson's Nature (1836) with a wide range of philosophical ideas and a survey of scientific developments from Renaissance hermeticism via electromagnetism to quantum theory.' - Ginette Verstraete, Ambix 49


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Emerson's Sublime Science
Authors
Series Title
Romanticism in Perspective:Texts, Cultures, Histories
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-38971-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230389717
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-71892-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 204
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