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Literature, electricity and politics 1740-1840 : 'electrick communication every where'

Author: Mary Fairclough
Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017] ©2017
Series: Palgrave studies in literature, science, and medicine.
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This book investigates the science of electricity in the long eighteenth century and its textual life in literary and political writings. Electricity was celebrated as a symbol of enlightened progress, but its operation and its utility were unsettlingly obscure. As a result, debates about the nature of electricity dovetailed with discussions of the relation between body and soul, the nature of sexual attraction, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Fairclough
ISBN: 9781137593153 1137593156
OCLC Number: 979991908
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction. Electricity, spectacle and figuration --
Chapter 1. Experiment, aether and the soul of the world --
Chapter 2. Electricital medicine, feeling and eroticism --
Chapter 3. Animal electricity, vitality, and revolution --
Chapter 4. Electrochemistry, matter and life --
Epilogue. Michael Faraday and a new electrical era --
Illustrations --
Bibliography --
Index --
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Series Title: Palgrave studies in literature, science, and medicine.
Responsibility: Mary Fairclough.

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The book analyses attempts by both elite and popular practitioners of electricity to elucidate the mysteries of electricity, and traces the figurative uses of electrical language in the works of  Read more...

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