Perverse Romanticism

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Richard C Sha considers how contemporary theories of aesthetics and biology shaped notions of sexuality, reproduction and gender during the Romantic period, applying readings of scientific texts and the philosophy of Kant and Longinus to the work of such important writers as Blake, Byron, Shelley and Wollstonecraft. He argues that the Romantics advocated 'perversity' – here, liberated purposelessness – in both art and sex, and reconceptualized sexual pleasure as deriving from mutuality rather than the biological purpose of reproduction.

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Perverse Romanticism

Perverse Romanticism

Aesthetics and Sexuality in Britain, 1750–1832

Hardback370pp Illustrated

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Richard C Sha considers how contemporary theories of aesthetics and biology shaped notions of sexuality, reproduction and gender during the Romantic period, applying readings of scientific texts and the philosophy of Kant and Longinus to the work of such important writers as Blake, Byron, Shelley and Wollstonecraft. He argues that the Romantics advocated 'perversity' – here, liberated purposelessness – in both art and sex, and reconceptualized sexual pleasure as deriving from mutuality rather than the biological purpose of reproduction.

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