Aesthetic Materialism Electricity and American Romanticism

Auteur: Paul Gilmore
Taal: Engels
Aesthetic Materialism
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9780804761239
  • Druk: 1
  • januari 2009
  • 256 pagina's
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Aesthetic Materialism: Electricity and American Romanticism focuses on American romantic writers' attempts to theorize aesthetic experience through the language of electricity. In response to scientific and technological developments, most notably the telegraph, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century electrical imagery reflected the mysterious workings of the physical mind as well as the uncertain, sometimes shocking connections between individuals. Writers such as Whitman, Melville, and Douglass drew on images of electricity and telegraphy to describe literature both as the product of specific economic and social conditions and as a means of transcending the individual determined by such conditions. Aesthetic Materialism moves between historical and cultural analysis and close textual reading, challenging readers to see American literature as at once formal and historical and as a product of both aesthetic and material experience.

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Paul Gilmore demonstrates that electricity was central to the discourse of American Romanticism, illuminating both the individual's place in society and the relationship of the soul to the body. After reading Aesthetic Materialism, one understands far better what Whitman meant when he 'sang the body electric.' -- David Nye * University of Southern Denmark * Paul Gilmore's book stands forth as an indispensable critical work in dealing with the history, transatlantic dimensions, and political promises of American Romantic literature. -Russ Castronovo, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Druk
1
Verschijningsdatum
2009-01-01
Afmetingen
24,1 x 16,5 x 1,9 cm
Aantal pagina's
256 pagina's
Illustraties
Nee

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Auteur
Paul Gilmore
Uitgever
Stanford University Press

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9780804761239

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NUR code
320
Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
2009-01-01
Subtitel
Electricity and American Romanticism
Thema Qualifier Code
1KBB
Thema Subject Code
DS

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