Literature and Science

Literature and Science

Edited by Sharon Ruston

Hardback
$49.95

D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Essays exploring the complex relationship between literature and science.
In 1959 C. P. Snow memorably described the `gulf of mutual incomprehension' which existed between `literary intellectuals' and scientists, referring to them as `two cultures'. This volume looks at the extent to which this has changed. Ranging from the middle ages to twentieth-century science fiction and literary theory, and using different texts, genres, and methodologies, the essays collected here demonstrate the complexity of literature, science, and the interfaces between them. Texts and authors discussed include Ian McEwan's Saturday; Sheridan le Fanu; The Birth of Mankind; Franco Morretti; Anna Barbauld; Dorothy L. Sayers; The Cloud of Unknowing; George Eliot and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Dr SHARON RUSTON is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Keele. CONTRIBUTORS: SHARON RUSTON, GILLIAN RUDD, ELAINE HOBBY, ALICE JENKINS, KATY PRICE, MARTIN WILLIS, BRIAN BAKER, DAVID AMIGONI

Details

July 2008
3 black and white illustrations
188 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Essays and Studies
ISBN: 9781843841784
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSB, 1DBK, 2AB, 3H
BISAC LIT004020
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Table of Contents

From Popular Science to Contemplation: the Clouds of The Cloud of Unknow ing - Gillian Rudd
"Dreams and Plain Dotage": the Value of The Birth of Mankind (1540-1 654) - Elaine Hobby
Natural Rights and Natural History in Anna Barbauld and Mary Wollstonecraft - Sharon Ruston
George Eliot, Geometry and Gender - Alice Jenkins
On the Back of the Light Waves: Novel Possibilities in the "Fourth Dimensio n" - Katy Price
Le Fanu's "Carmilla", Ireland, and Diseased Vision - Martin Willis
Evolution, Literary History and Science Fiction - Brian Baker
"The Luxury of Storytelling": Science, Literature and Cultural Contest in Ian McEwan's Narrative Practice - David Amigoni

Reviews

A strong collection (...) presenting confident, unforced analyses synthesising science, literature and popular culture. REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES

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