A descent into the Maelström

The Victorian age marked the transition from religious to scientific worldviews, alongside of which romantic and revolutionary movements emerged. The scientific disenchantment of nature in this period had consequences that we are still living with.

This 10 week course explores some of the key ideas of this era, in particular the relation between ‘positivism’ and ‘romanticism’ and how out of the tension between them a scientific sublime emerges, perhaps best expressed by Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’.