Reading the "Book of Nature" in the Long Eighteenth-Century
This project investigates a key concept in the British Long Eighteenth-Century: the “Book of Nature,” or the idea that the physical landscape can be “read” as a book of spiritual meaning or alternative Scripture in revealing God. While the term is in continuous use from late Antiquity onwards, the term undergoes a crucial transformation from the seventeenth century to the Romantic period, as changes in theology, literature and science radically change the concept of nature and its relation to the individual self.
Samantha C. Harvey. 2015. "Reading the "Book of Nature" in the Long Eighteenth-Century" The SelectedWorks of Samantha Harvey
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