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Title: 'Visions bred on sense by fancy' : the transvaluation of science, sexuality & polemics in the work of Henry Fuseli & his contemporaries
Author: Haut, Asia Anarchy
ISNI:       0000 0004 2689 433X
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2002
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This thesis examines Henry Fuseli' s aesthetic and literary dialogue with a variety of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century scientific discourses, out of which his shifting engagement with polemics, gender and with various of his contemporaries, such as Edmund Burke, J. W. von Goethe, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley and Mary Wollstonecraft, emerge. Chapters have been devoted to the following subjects: anatomy and the perception of pain; physiognomy~ metamorphosis and the fluidity of form; botany; entomology, microscopy and optics. A continuous thread that runs throughout this thesis is Fuseli's intrinsic urge to disrupt and destabilise the rational and systematic foundations that underpin Enlightenment thought. Whilst Fuseli is established as a transgressive presence, he also appears as a link between the Enlightenment and the Romantic movement.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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