New Book: Imagination and Science in Romanticism

From Richard C. Sha:

Johns Hopkins University Press has just released my Imagination and Science in Romanticism.  Here are a few of the book’s endorsements:

“In this work, Sha brilliantly reconceptualizes a classic concept of Romanticism: the imagination. Sha reveals how, by seeking to discipline the imagination, the various practices of Romantic literary and scientific authors linked the two fields in this period.”

— Robert Mitchell, author of Experimental Life: Vitalism in Romantic Science and Literature

“Richard Sha’s groundbreaking volume persuasively demonstrates how imagination played a vital role in both the sciences and the literature of the Romantic age, serving as a powerful bridge between these two apparently distant fields of human knowledge. The book is a milestone for scholars of the period and promises to remain an indispensable point of reference for many years to come.  ”

— Lilla Maria Crisafulli, coeditor of The Romantic Stage: A Many-Sided Mirror

“Imagination and science in Romanticism are usually regarded separately. Sha brilliantly and convincingly demonstrates how closely they are, in fact, connected. It’s Einstein, after all, who later said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Sha’s book is impressive not only for its forceful conceptual argument but also for the detailed empirical research and historical interpretation on which that argument is so imaginatively built.”

— James Engell, coeditor of The Call of Classical Literature in the Romantic Age

“A compelling account of how sciences generated an epistemology of imagination sensitive to dynamic forces and imponderable matter in a period when arts and science still enjoyed an intensely symbiotic relationship. Ranging across literature and connecting British and German science, this is a book Romanticists cannot afford to ignore. ”

— Tilottama Rajan, author of The Supplement of Reading: Figures of Understanding in Romantic Theory and Practice

Hereis the table of Contents:

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1. Imagining Dynamic Matter: Percy Shelley, Prometheus Unbound, and the Chemistry and Physics of Matter 00

2. William Blake and the Neurological Imagination: Romantic Science, Nerves, and the Emergent Self 00

3. The Physiological Imagination: Coleridge’s Biographia 00

4. Obstetrics and Embryology: Science and Imagination in Frankenstein 00

344 pages

Available from Johns Hopkins University Press:  Imagination and Science in Romanticism (June 2018).