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dc.contributor.advisorBrown, Marshall
dc.contributor.advisorModiano, Raimonda
dc.contributor.authorOttinger, Aaron J.
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-14T16:40:46Z
dc.date.submitted2016-06
dc.identifier.otherOttinger_washington_0250E_16177.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/36638
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--University of Washington, 2016-06
dc.description.abstractCounter to previous studies of William Wordsworth that have viewed him as dismissive of mathematics, logic, and the fundamental principles of moral feelings, or ignored the connections between these domains, this dissertation presents Wordsworth as imaginatively reprocessing the discipline of geometry through poetry, or what he refers to as a “science of feelings.” Despite the many developments occurring in the realm of mathematics in the eighteenth century, Euclid’s Elements remained the primary source for math and logic in secondary schools and universities. As a teaching tool, Wordsworth regarded Euclid as limiting the power of imagination, ultimately reducing the pupil’s ability to sympathize with others. Rather than abandon the place of mathematics in education, the dissertation examines how Wordsworth saw Euclid as fulfilling only a part of a more dynamic and speculative philosophical upbringing. Thus the project reevaluates familiar works in light of a mathematical and historical context, recasting Wordsworth as deeply invested in the ways that poetry could adapt the principles of Euclidean geometry to account for change in human thoughts and feelings.
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectAffect
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectGeometry
dc.subjectLogic
dc.subjectSympathy
dc.subjectWordsworth
dc.subject.otherEnglish literature
dc.subject.otherenglish
dc.titleThe Role of Geometry in Wordsworth's "Science of Feelings"
dc.typeThesis
dc.embargo.termsRestrict to UW for 1 year -- then make Open Access
dc.embargo.lift2017-07-14T16:40:46Z


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