Aesthetic Materialism : Electricity and American Romanticism
By: Gilmore, Paul.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (404 p.).ISBN: 9780804770972.Subject(s): American literature - 19th century - History and criticism | American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Authors, American - 19th century - Aesthetics | Authors, American -- 19th century -- Aesthetics | Electricity in literature | Electricity in literature | Romanticism - United States | Romanticism -- United States | Telegraph in literature | Telegraph in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Aesthetic Materialism : Electricity and American RomanticismDDC classification: 810.9/003 | 810.9003 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Introduction: The Word "Aesthetic"; CHAPTER ONE - Idealist Aesthetics and the Republican Telegraph; Electric Aether and Associationism; Coleridge's Electricity and Romantic Ideology; Republican Electricity and Idealist Aesthetics; Morse's Republicanism and Idealist Associationism; Morse's Electricity, Spiritual and Material; The Universal Telegraph and the Telegraphic World Body; The Northern Brain of Humanity, or A Common Language of the World; The Useful and the Beautiful; CHAPTER TWO - Aesthetic Electricity
The Electric Chain Wherewith We Are Darkly Bound: ByronPoetry is a Sword of Lightning: Percy Shelley's Romantic Electricity; Nathaniel Hawthorne's Soap-Bubble Anti-Aesthetic; Melted Wires: "Von Blixum's Heroic Experiment" and the Limits of Telegraphic Communion; Vile Falsifying Telegraphs of Me: Melville's 'Pierre' 1; Tinglingness: Melville's 'Pierre' 2; Electric Insight: Melville's 'Pierre' 3; A Citizen of Somewhere Else and a Citizen of the World: Hawthorne and Thoreau; CHAPTER THREE - Frederick Douglass's Electric Words: Aesthetic Politics and the Limits of Identification
Electric Streams and Feeling Right: Stowe and Sentimental AbolitionismOur Ally Lightning: Douglass and Techno-Utopianism; Machinery & Transcendentalism Agree Well: Emersonian Aesthetics and Politics; My Soul's Complaint: Douglass's Aesthetic Turn; The Quivering Flash of Angry Lightning: "The Heroic Slave"; CHAPTER FOUR - Mad Filaments: Walt Whitman's Aesthetic Body Telegraphic; "Always the procreant urge": The Merge of Electric Sex; "As Brides and Bridegrooms": Equality and Difference; "The Drift of It Everything": Linguistic and Corporeal Gaps; "All Diffused": Organic Identity
"Not Express'd in Parlors and Lecture-Rooms": The Auction Block Scenes"The Likes of the Parts of You": The Final Catalogue; Conclusion: Aesthetic Electricity Caged; Notes; Works Cited; Index
Aesthetic Materialism: Electricity and American Romanticism provides a fresh understanding of American romanticism by examining the use of electrical imagery, science, and technology by writers such as Emerson, Fuller, Whitman, and Melville to re-describe literary aesthetics as a transcendent and material practice mediating among socio-economic structures, human physiology and spirituality, and language itself.
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