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Wordsworth and the Geologists

Wordsworth and the Geologists

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521472593

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  • Examination of the links between literary history and science provides valuable new insights for scholars across a range of disciplines. John Wyatt explores the unexpectedly close relationship between William Wordsworth and a group of scientists in the formative years of the new science of geology. Wyatt's study of this personal and intellectual friendship challenges the simplistic opposition between Romantic-literary and scientific-materialist cultures, and shows how discourses were affected by the network of influences between poetry and geology.

    • Extends discussion of Romanticism into the scientific field of geology
    • Brings insights into study of the relationships between literature and science
    • Introduces information about Wordsworth and science which affects readings of Wordsworth's poetry
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    "This is a straightforward historical study....Wyatt's research is unimpeded by abstract theoretical claims....is a significant contribution to our knowledge of the complex links between poetic and scientific thought in the first half of the nineteenth century in England." Albion

    "Wyatt has mastered and presented a broad array of scholarship about Romantic literature, Wordsworth, theology, geology, and natural science in a critical, thoughtful, and scholarly, but readable manner." Thomas McGeary, Journal of Geoscience Education

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521472593
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Wordsworth's geology: references and allusions
    3. 'Pronounce their benediction: speak of them as powers': the wider context of geological information
    4. Trinity men
    5. Order, clarity, distinctness
    6. 'The universality of nature's kingdom'?
    7. Duration and decay: the abyss of time
    8. Geology: the poetic discipline
    9. Geologists and humanity
    10. Conclusion.

  • Author

    John Wyatt, West Sussex Institute of Higher Education

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