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Author Davies, Jeremy.

Title Bodily Pain in Romantic Literature / Jeremy Davies.

Published New York Routledge, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  809.93353 DAVI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 228 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Routledge Studies in Romanticism ; 19
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-222) and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: German Romanticism and Science -- The Procreative Poetics of Goethe, Novalis, and Ritter / Jocelyn Holland -- Colonialism, Race, and the French Romantic Imagination / Pratima Prasad -- Keats and Philosophy -- The Life of Sensations / Shahidha K. Bari -- Animality in British Romanticism -- The Aesthetics of Species / Peter Heymans -- Legacies of Romanticism -- Literature, Culture, Aesthetics / Paul March-Russell -- The Female Romantics -- Nineteenth-century Women Novelists and Byronism / Caroline Franklin -- Bodily Pain in Romantic Literature / Jeremy Davies -- 1.Romanticism and the Sense of Pain -- 2.Bentham's Absolute -- 3.Sade's Unreason -- 4.Living Thorns: Coleridge and Hartley -- 5.Shelley: A Sense of Senselessness -- 6.Conclusion.
Summary "When writers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries explored the implications of organic and emotional sensitivity, the pain of the body gave rise to unsettling but irresistible questions. Urged on by some of their most deeply felt preoccupations -- and in the case of figures like Coleridge and P. B. Shelley, by their own experiences of chronic pain -- many writers found themselves drawn to the imaginative scrutiny of bodies in extremis. Bodily Pain in Romantic Literature reveals the significance of physical hurt for the poetry, philosophy, and medicine of the Romantic period. This study looks back to eighteenth-century medical controversies that made pain central to discussions about the nature of life, and forward to the birth of surgical anaesthesia in 1846. It examines why Jeremy Bentham wrote in defence of torture, and how pain sparked the imagination of thinkers from Adam Smith to the Marquis de Sade. Jeremy Davies brings to bear on Romantic studies the fascinating recent work in the medical humanities that offers a fresh understanding of bodily hurt, and shows how pain could prompt new ways of thinking about politics, ethics, and identity"--
Subject Pain in literature.
English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Romanticism -- Great Britain.
Literature and medicine -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Human body in literature.
ISBN 9780415842914 (hardback)
9780203758304 (ebook)