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Shelley and the Revolution in Taste: The Body and the Natural World (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism) Paperback – 12 Jan 2008

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'… a subtle, thought-provoking and ambitious analysis of the opposed ways of the lives of the rich and the poor, the hungry and the surfeited, as exposed in Shelley's thinking. Nobody interested either in Shelley's poetics or the body's politics will be able to ignore.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'Timothy Morton … is the first critic to take Shelley's vegetarianism seriously … The results prove to be revolutionary in themselves … his readings are … attuned to the complexities of Shelleyan figurality … this is a book of very real importance.' Shelley Journal

'The book is a kind of belated yet updated 'Renaissance self-fashioning' for Romantic studies. This is an exciting and genuinely original book which offers much to Shelley studies and to the wider current debate about the 'greening' of Romanticism.' Keats Shelley Review

'Morton takes us beyond Shelley (or the Shelleys) and toward the broader cultural and intellectual sphere of Romanticism generally, where we may usefully apply to other authors, other works, the lessons that Morton teaches so compellingly in his fine study.' The Journal of English and Germanic Philology

'Wide-ranging both in its historical research and its ingenious applications of theory, this book … will be savoured by those who have an interest in the literary figuration of diet and consumption in all periods as well as the Romantic.' Notes and Queries

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This book brings together the themes of diet, consumption, the body, and human relationships with the natural world, in a highly original study of the poet Shelley, a campaigning vegetarian and proto-ecological thinker. Morton offers an illuminatingly broad context for his views in eighteenth-century social and political thought concerning the place of humans in nature, culture, and society.

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