The Spiritual History of Ice : Romanticism, Science and the Imagination, Paperback / softback Book

The Spiritual History of Ice : Romanticism, Science and the Imagination Paperback / softback


At the end of the eighteenth century, scientists for the first time demonstrated what medieval and renaissance alchemists had long suspected; ice is not lifeless but vital, a crystalline revelation of vigorous powers.

Studied in esoteric and exoterical representations of frozen phenomena, several Romantic figures - including Coleridge and Poe, Percy and Mary Shelley, Emerson and Thoreau - challenged traditional notions of ice as waste and instead celebrated crystals, glaciers, and the poles as special disclosures of a holistic principle of being.

The Spiritual History of Ice explores this ecology of frozen shapes in fascinating detail, revealing not only a neglected current of the Romantic age but also a secret history and psychology of ice.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 278 pages, XIV, 278 p.
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Category: Literature: history & criticism
  • ISBN: 9780230619715

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