By Steve Clark, Tristanne Connolly
What, and while, is British Romanticism, if noticeable no longer in island isolation yet cosmopolitan integration with eu Romantic literature, historical past and tradition? The essays right here diversity from poetry and the unconventional to technological know-how writing, philosophy, visible paintings, opera and melodrama; from France and Germany to Italy and Bosnia.
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In ‘The Genealogy of the Scientific Sublime: Glaciers, Mountains and the Alternating Modes of Representation’, Kaz Oishi demonstrates how scientific expeditions in the eighteenth century contributed to the making of the ‘sublime’ image of glaciers and mountains as we find in Romantic literature. Accounts of scientific explorations intermingle subjective, aesthetic, and even picturesque descriptions of natural wonder within a mimetic and rational discourse. This alternating mode of representation was more or less established by the 1740s, when William Windham published an account of his scientific investigation into the glaciers at Chamonix in 1744.
The language of the ‘scientific sublime’ is not merely analytical or objective: it is a mixed one which oscillates between the impersonal, mimetic mode of ‘Mathematical Plainness’ and the subjective, psychological, and sometimes imaginative mode. 7 The genealogy of the ‘scientific sublime’ continues to run down throughout eighteenth-century travelogues, but the balance of the modes of representation tends to shift towards a more selfreflective and imaginative one in the Romantic period. Coleridge’s ‘Hymn before Sun-rise’ and Wordsworth’s episode of the Alpine crossing in The Prelude are such examples.
See Bealle. 33. In the original context of the poem, a letter to George Thomson from circa 30 August 1793, Burns remarks, ‘I shewed the air to Urbani, who was highly pleased with it, & begged me to make soft verses for it; but I had no idea of giving myself any trouble on the Subject, till the accidental recollection of that glorious struggle for Freedom, associated with the glowing ideas of some other struggles of the same nature, not quite so ancient’ t (2:236). Pietro Urbani was an Italian-born collector of Scottish folk songs (Lindsay 366–7).