Romantic Turbulence

Chaos, Ecology, and American Space

  • Authors
  • Eric Wilson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Eric Wilson
    Pages 1-26
  3. Eric Wilson
    Pages 27-49
  4. Eric Wilson
    Pages 50-70
  5. Eric Wilson
    Pages 71-93
  6. Eric Wilson
    Pages 94-117
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    Pages 118-140
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    Pages 141-144
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 145-169

About this book


Eric Wilson reveals a neglected yet powerful current in several major Romantic figures: the affirmation of - not escape from - turbulence. Romantic Turbulence unearths the chaotic undercurrents of European Romanticism found in Goethe s science and Schelling s philosophy, and demonstrates how these tendencies agitate the texts of Emerson, Fuller, Melville, Thoreau, and Whitman. These writers see the universe not as a reflection of transcendent harmony or a system of predictable laws but rather as a convergence of chaos and order, a polarized field. Detailing this undulatory cosmos, Wilson shows how these American Romantics participate in its unsettling rhythms by practicing an ecological poetics, translating the energies of their habitat into living compositions.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-62681-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-62679-3
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