City of Health, Fields of Disease: Revolutions in the Poetry, Medicine, and Philosophy of Romanticism

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Ashgate, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 202 pages
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The Romantic Era witnessed a series of conflicts concerning definitions of health and disease. In this book, Martin Wallen discusses those conflicts and the cultural values that drove them. The six chapters progress from the mainstream rejuvenation of the Socratic values by Wordsworth and Coleridge to the radical alternatives offered by the Scottish theorist, John Brown, and the speculative German philosopher, F. W. J. Schelling.
By juxtaposing the well-known critical works of Wordsworth and Coleridge with lesser-known works such as Schelling's Yearbooks of Medicine and Thomas Beddoes' medical treatises, Wallen illuminates the central role medicine played in redefining the human being's relationship to society and nature, part of the cultural revolution that began in the nineteenth century.

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Martin Wallen is professor of English at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of "Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner": An Experimental Edition of Texts" "and" "Revisions" and "City of Health, Fields of Disease: Revolution in the Poetry, Medicine, and Philosophy of Romanticism.

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