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Amorous Aesthetics: Intellectual Love in Romantic Poetry and Poetics, 1788-1853

Seth T. Reno


Situated at the intersection of affect studies, ecocriticism, aesthetics, and Romantic studies, this book presents a genealogy of love in Romantic-era poetry, science, and philosophy. While feeling and emotion have been traditional mainstays of Romantic literature, the concept of love is under-studied and under-appreciated, often neglected or dismissed as idealized, illusory, or overly sentimental. However, Seth Reno shows that a particular conception of intellectual love is interwoven with the major literary, scientific, and philosophical discourses of the period. Romantic-era writers conceiv ... More

Keywords: Love, Affect, Romanticism, Ecocriticism, William Wordsworth, John Clare, Percy Shelley, Felicia Hemans, Alfred Tennyson, Matthew Arnold

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781786940834
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786940834.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth T. Reno, author