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Autobiography and natural science in the age of Romanticism [electronic resource] : Rousseau, Goethe, Thoreau / Bernhard Kuhn.

By: Kuhn, Bernhard Helmut, 1969-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2009Description: 1 online resource (viii, 171 p.).ISBN: 9780754696155 (electronic bk.); 0754696154 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Authors -- Biography -- History and criticism | Autobiography | Natural history in literature | Self in literature | Identity (Psychology) in literature | Literature and science -- History | Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778. Confessions | Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778. R�everies du promeneur solitaire | Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832. Aus meinem leben. Dichtung und wahrheit | Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. Walden | Authors | Literature and science | TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Literary | LITERARY CRITICISM -- GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Autobiography and natural science in the age of Romanticism.DDC classification: 809/.93592 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
The nature of identity and the identity of nature -- Natural science and the self in Rousseau's Confessions -- Reveries and the re-enchantement of nature -- Goethe's autobiographical science -- Self-formations: order and disorder in poetry and truth -- The metamorphosis of Thoreau -- Prolific hybrids : Walden and Thoreau's natural history.
Summary: Bernhard Kuhn's study uncovers a fundamental connection between the autobiographies and scientific writings of Rousseau, Goethe, and Thoreau that refutes the now entrenched thesis of the 'two cultures.' As he examines these three representative writers, Kuhn reveals the scientific character of autobiographical writing while demonstrating the autobiographical nature of natural science. An unfolding drama emerges, in which Romantic Period writers are seen preserving what modern culture is determined to break apart.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The nature of identity and the identity of nature -- Natural science and the self in Rousseau's Confessions -- Reveries and the re-enchantement of nature -- Goethe's autobiographical science -- Self-formations: order and disorder in poetry and truth -- The metamorphosis of Thoreau -- Prolific hybrids : Walden and Thoreau's natural history.

Bernhard Kuhn's study uncovers a fundamental connection between the autobiographies and scientific writings of Rousseau, Goethe, and Thoreau that refutes the now entrenched thesis of the 'two cultures.' As he examines these three representative writers, Kuhn reveals the scientific character of autobiographical writing while demonstrating the autobiographical nature of natural science. An unfolding drama emerges, in which Romantic Period writers are seen preserving what modern culture is determined to break apart.

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