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Geological Entanglements: Sensing the World as Interconnected in Charlotte Smith’s Beachy Head

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Sebastian Ørtoft Rasmussen - Foredragsholder

This paper presented some of my ongoing work on a sense of affiliation between the romantic poets and the material world around them. Here, I proposed to trace an atmosphere of belonging – a sort of “material team spirit” – in the poetic works of Charlotte Smith, by looking into a recurring stylistic trait of her poetic works, the syllepsis. Inspired by new ways of comprehending the material world in geology and broader natural science, Smith, I argued, through this poetic device instills in her poetry close connections between geological and generational time, microscopical and gigantic space, as well as the social and the natural world. As such, Smith’s work provides us with a prism in which the relationship between geological discoveries and the sociocultural experience of the natural world are rendered not only visible but also highly sensuous, as she explores the affective and emotional consequences of the periods scientific and environmental revolutions.
28 sep. 20222 okt. 2022

Begivenhed (Konference)

TitelRomantic Ecologies
Grad af anerkendelseInternational begivenhed

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