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Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism

Janelle A. Schwartz

Abstract

Worms. Natural history is riddled with them. Literature is crawling with them. From antiquity to today, the ubiquitous and multiform worm provokes an immediate discomfort and unconscious distancing: it remains us against them in anthropocentric anxiety. So there is always something muddled, or dirty, or even offensive when talking about worms. Rehabilitating the lowly worm into a powerful aesthetic trope, this book proposes a new framework for understanding such a strangely animate nature. Worms, the text declares, are the very matter with which the Romantics rethought the relationship between ... More

Keywords: worms, anthropocentric anxiety, animate nature, Abraham Trembley, Erasmus, Charles Darwin, William Blake, Mary Shelley, John Keats

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816673209
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673209.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janelle A. Schwartz, author