Humphry Davy, Jane Marcet and the Cultures of Romantic-Era Science

Date

2021-11-18

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ISSN

1050-9585

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Publisher

Taylor and Francis

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Using the career of Humphry Davy, the era’s most famous natural philosopher, I examine the Romantic construction of the scientific genius and explore, beyond it, several of the cultures in which enquiry into nature was practised in the period. I argue that Jane Marcet introduced Davy to a more gender-balanced, continental scientific circle and that her work Conversations on Chemistry (1805) effected a feminization and democratization of the “man of science,” helping to inaugurate a new era in which mass print encouraged both women and men from socially-excluded groups to access scientific knowledge and practice.

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Keywords

Romanticism, Science

Citation

Fulford. T. (2022) Humphry Davy, Jane Marcet and the Cultures of Romantic-Era Science. European Romantic Review, 32 (5-6), pp. 535-550

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Research Institute

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