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 Goetheas writing on metamorphosis to Novalisas aphorisms and novels and Ritteras 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.... on an argument which will receive its most flagrant elaboration eight years later in an essay on the history of chemistry. ... been aware of experiments in water electrolysis, 62 and perhaps also their metaphorical potential in Rittera#39;s hands.
|Title||:||German Romanticism and Science|
|Publisher||:||Routledge - 2009-04-30|