Perverse Romanticism: Aesthetics and Sexuality in Britain, 1750--1832

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Richard C. Sha's revealing study considers how science shaped notions of sexuality, reproduction, and gender in the Romantic period. Through careful and imaginative readings of various scientific texts, the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and Longinus, and the works of such writers as William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Lord Byron, Sha explores the influence of contemporary aesthetics and biology on literary Romanticism. Revealing that ideas of sexuality during the Romantic era were much more fluid ...

Perverse Romanticism: Aesthetics and Sexuality in Britain, 1750--1832 2008, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore

ISBN-13: 9780801890413

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