The Wordsworth-Coleridge Circle and the Aesthetics of Disability

  • Emily B. Stanback

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Emily B. Stanback
    Pages 1-49
  3. Medical Bodies

  4. Bodies in Pain

  5. Embodied Encounters

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-337

About this book


This book argues for the importance of disability to authors of the Wordsworth-Coleridge circle. By examining texts in a variety of genres — ranging from self-experimental medical texts to lyric poetry to metaphysical essays — Stanback demonstrates the extent to which non-normative embodiment was central to Romantic-era thought and Romantic-era aesthetics. The book reassesses well-known literary and medical works by such authors as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Humphry Davy, argues for the importance of lesser-studied work by authors including Charles Lamb and Thomas Beddoes, and introduces significant unpublished work by Tom Wedgwood.


Romanticism Aesthetics Disability Non-normative embodiment History of medicine Wordworth Coleridge Poetry Romanticism

Authors and affiliations

  • Emily B. Stanback
    • 1
  1. 1.English DepartmentUniversity of Southern MississippiHattiesburg, MSUSA

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