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German Romanticism and Science: The Procreative Poetics of Goethe, Novalis, and Ritter
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German Romanticism and Science: The Procreative Poetics of Goethe, Novalis, and Ritter (Paperback)

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Situated at the intersection of literature and science, Holland's study draws upon a diverse corpus of literary and scientific texts which testify to a cultural fascination with procreation around 1800. Through readings which range from Goethe's writing on metamorphosis to Novalis's aphorisms and novels and Ritter's Fragments from the Estate of a Young Physicist, Holland proposes that each author contributes to a scientifically-informed poetics of procreation. Rather than subscribing to a single biological theory (such as epigenesis or preformation), these authors take their inspiration from a wide inventory of procreative motifs and imagery.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Science & MathematicsScience: general issuesHistory of science Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 02/08/2012 ISBN-13: 9780415654968  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jocelyn Holland is Assistant Professor, Department of German and the Program for Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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