The Spiritual History of Ice
Romanticism, Science, and the Imagination
ISBN10: 0312292996 ISBN13: 9780312292997 Publisher: Palgrave-Macmillan Published: May 16 2003 Pages: 278 Weight: 0.96lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.75" Depth: 1.00" Edition: 1st Edition Language: English
At the turn of the nineteenth century, crystallographers, glaciologists, and polar explorers for the first time demonstrated that frozen shapes are not dead but bearers of vital powers. Aware of this new scientific information, Romantic figures in England and America--including Coleridge and Poe, Percy and Mary Shelley, Emerson and Thoreau--challenged traditional representations of ice as waste and celebrated crystals, glaciers, and the poles as revelations of life as well as models of poetic composition. The Spiritual History of Ice explores this ecology of ice in fascinating detail, revealing not only a neglected context of the Romantic age but also the strange history and psychology of frozen phenomena.