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Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: Amanda Jo Goldstein

Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Stephens Hall
Today we do not expect poems to carry scientifically valid information — but this was not always the case. In Sweet Science: Romantic Materialism and the New Logics of Life (Chicago, 2017), Assistant Professor of English Amanda Jo Goldstein explores how Romantic poetry served as an important tool for scientific inquiry. She argues that the work of literary authors such as William Blake and Percy Shelley makes a compelling case for poetry’s role in the perception and communication of empirical realities. After an introduction by James Porter (Classics), Goldstein will speak briefly about her work and then open the floor for discussion.