Romantic Rocks, Aesthetic Geology

ROmantic Rocks, Aesthetic Geology by Noah Heringman
Noah Heringman
Cornell University Press

Noah Heringman maintains that British literary culture was fundamentally shaped by many of the same forces that created geology as a science in the period 1770-1820. He shows that landscape aesthetics –the verbal and social idiom of landscape gardening, natural history, the scenic tour, and other forms of outdoor "improvement” – provided a shared vernacular for geology and Romanticism in their formative stages.