Publisher description for Literature, science and exploration in the Romantic era : bodies of knowledge / Tim Fulford, Debbie Lee and Peter J. Kitson.
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In 1768, Captain James Cook made the most important scientific voyage of the eighteenth century. He was not alone: scores of explorers like Cook, travelling in the name of science, brought new worlds and new peoples within the horizon of European knowledge for the first time. Their discoveries changed the course of science. Old scientific disciplines, such as astronomy and botany, were transformed; new ones, like craniology and comparative anatomy, were brought into being. Scientific disciplines, in turn, pushed literature of the period towards new subjects, forms and styles. Works as diverse as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Wordsworth's Excursion responded to the explorers' and scientists' latest discoveries. This wide-ranging and well-illustrated study shows how literary Romanticism arose partly in response to science's appropriation of explorers' encounters with foreign people and places and how it, in turn, changed the profile of science and exploration.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English literature 19th century History and criticism, Literature and science Great Britain History 19th century, Discoveries in geography British History 19th century, British Foreign countries History 19th century, Science Great Britain History 19th century, Great Britain Intellectual life 19th century, Learning and scholarship in literature, Romanticism Great Britain, Explorers in literature, Geography in literature, Science in literature