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Romantic Climates

Literature and Science in an Age of Catastrophe

Editors: Collett, Anne, Murphy, Olivia (Eds.)

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  • Situated at the intersection between literature and the environment
    Features contributions from a variety of well-known scholars of Romanticism 
    Offers a vantage point from which to reconsider both how the people we call the Romantics responded to the climates of their day and to think about how these climatic events shaped the development of Romanticism itself 

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This book seeks to uncover how today’s ideas about climate and catastrophe have been formed by the thinking of Romantic poets, novelists and scientists, and how these same ideas might once more be harnessed to assist us in the new climate challenges facing us in the present.

The global climate disaster following Mt Tambora’s eruption in 1815 – the ‘Year without a Summer’ – is a starting point from which to reconsider both how the Romantics responded to the changing climates of their day, and to think about how these climatic events shaped the development of Romanticism itself.

As the contributions to this volume demonstrate, climate is an inescapable aspect of Romantic writing and thinking. Ideologies and experiences of climate inform everything from scientific writing to lyric poetry and novels. The ‘Diodati circle’ that assembled in Geneva in 1816 – Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, John Polidori and John Cam Hobhouse and the gothic novelist MG ‘Monk’ Lewis – is synonymous with the literature of that dreary, uncanny season. Essays in this collection also consider the work of Jane Austen, John Keats and William Wordsworth, along with less well-known figures such as the scientist Luke Howard, and later responses to Romantic climates by John Ruskin and Virginia Woolf.


About the authors

Anne Collett is an Associate Professor in the English Literatures at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Olivia Murphy is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in English at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Romantic Climates
Book Subtitle
Literature and Science in an Age of Catastrophe
Editors
  • Anne Collett
  • Olivia Murphy
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16241-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16241-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16240-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 224
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