Shelley and Vitality

  • Authors
  • Sharon Ruston

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sharon Ruston
    Pages 1-23
  3. Sharon Ruston
    Pages 24-73
  4. Sharon Ruston
    Pages 102-131
  5. Sharon Ruston
    Pages 132-156
  6. Sharon Ruston
    Pages 157-180
  7. Sharon Ruston
    Pages 181-185
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 186-229

About this book


Shelley and Vitality reassesses Percy Shelley's engagement with early nineteenth-century science and medicine, specifically his knowledge and use of theories on the nature of life presented in the debate between surgeons John Abernethy and William Lawrence. Sharon Ruston offers new biographical information to link Shelley to a medical circle and explores the ways in which Shelley exploits the language and ideas of vitality. Major canonical works are reconsidered to address Shelley's politicised understanding of contemporary scientific discourse.


Percy Bysshe Shelley poet poetry Romanticism

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