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By Robert Mitchell

If the target of the Romantic move used to be not anything under to redefine the that means of lifestyles itself, what function did experiments play during this circulate? whereas previous scholarship has demonstrated either the significance of technological know-how regularly and vitalism particularly, in regards to Romanticism no examine has investigated what it intended for artists to scan and the way these experiments with regards to their curiosity within the thought of life.

Experimental Life attracts on ways and ideas from modern technological know-how reports, presenting the concept that of experimental vitalism to teach either how Romantic authors appropriated the idea that of experimentation from the sciences and the impression in their appropriation on post-Romantic recommendations of literature and art.

Robert Mitchell navigates complicated conceptual arenas reminiscent of community idea, present trade, paranoia, and biomedia and introduces new innovations, similar to cryptogamia, chylopoietic discourse, trance-plantation, and the poetics of suspension. for that reason, Experimental Life is a wide-ranging summation and extension of the present nation of literary reports, the background of technology, cultural critique, and theory.

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