The Spiritual History of Ice: Romanticism, Science and the Imagination

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Springer, 15 mai 2003 - 278 pages
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At the end of the eighteenth century, scientists for the first time demonstrated what medieval and renaissance alchemists had long suspected; ice is not lifeless but vital, a crystalline revelation of vigorous powers. Studied in esoteric and exoterical representations of frozen phenomena, several Romantic figures - including Coleridge and Poe, Percy and Mary Shelley, Emerson and Thoreau - challenged traditional notions of ice as waste and instead celebrated crystals, glaciers, and the poles as special disclosures of a holistic principle of being. The Spiritual History of Ice explores this ecology of frozen shapes in fascinating detail, revealing not only a neglected current of the Romantic age but also a secret history and psychology of ice.
 

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Frozen Apocalypse
1
Crystals
7
Glaciers
71
The Poles
139
Melting and Genesis
217
Notes
221
Index
271
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ERIC WILSON is Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest University, where he teaches courses in British and American Romanticism. He is author of Romantic Turbulence and Emerson's Sublime Science.

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