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Literature and Science : Outlining Literature - Charlotte Sleigh

Literature and Science

Outlining Literature

Paperback Published: 17th November 2010
ISBN: 9780230218178
Number Of Pages: 220

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`Charlotte Sleigh's elegant book will appeal to general readers and scholars for its useful historical survey of literary works about science and its engaging analysis of literary responses to science. I look forward to including it as a foundational text in my university courses.'- Carol Colatrella, Professor of Literature and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

From Aphra Behn's prodigious snakes to Jonathan Franzen's designer drugs, literature has concerned itself with the knowledge of nature for as long as the discipline of modern science has been in existence. Here, Charlotte Sleigh provides the first fully theorised overview of the evolving relationship between literature and science.

Literature and Science draws on case studies from a three-hundred-year history, including classic texts such as Frankenstein, Middlemarch and Brave New World as well as some more unexpected examples. The book argues that novels did not merely reflect or inform particular areas of science, but were instead part of a broader, ongoing cultural conversation about how to read things - including the claims of science. Combining vigorous argument with a chronological introduction to a variety of literary genres and ideas for further study, this lively account provides both researchers and students with an insight into the state of the field alongside new ideas and perspectives.

Short-listed for the British Society for Literature and Science Book Prize 'Charlotte Sleigh's elegant book will appeal to general readers and scholars for its useful historical survey of literary works about science and its engaging analysis of literary responses to science. I look forward to including it as a foundational text in my university courses.' - Carol Colatrella, Professor of Literature and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. '...an erudite and eloquent introduction to a fascinating field.' PD Smith, The Guardian 'Charlotte Sleigh's Literature and Science is an excellent introductionary text that is appropriate for undergraduate students who are approaching the field of science and literature for the first time...her work bridges the gap between academic research and accessible textbook, making it appealing for both scholars and students.' - British Journal of History and Science 'I am excited to include this text in my undergraduate classes. Its quality and accessibility assure Science and Literature a firm place in the canon and in the classroom. -British Journal of the History of Science

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. x
Introductionp. 1
Shared ground for literature and sciencep. 4
Historicising literature and sciencep. 10
Using form to study literature and sciencep. 15
Literature and science in the presentp. 22
Empiricism and the Novelp. 27
The Royal Society and the institution of empiricismp. 29
Swift and the critique of empiricismp. 35
Empiricism in the twentieth centuryp. 45
Conclusionp. 51
Epistolarity and the Democratic Idealp. 56
The state of science and society c.1800p. 58
Democratic judgement and the epistolary novelp. 63
Frankenstein as epistolary evidence in a scientific casep. 68
Conclusionp. 74
Idealism and the Inhumanp. 78
Whewell's ideas and the devil's dungp. 82
Fact and fancyp. 90
The American situationp. 95
Conclusionp. 100
Realism in Literature and the Laboratoryp. 106
Realism and naturalismp. 107
The experimental novelp. 112
The abandonment of epistolarityp. 114
The new herop. 121
Conclusionp. 126
Scientists, Moral Realism and the New World Orderp. 130
A theology of scientific truthp. 131
Scientific naturalistsp. 140
Wells's didacticism and the Huxley brothersp. 144
Conclusionp. 149
Subjects of Sciencep. 152
The sciences of subjectivityp. 155
James, Sinclair and the subjectivity of psychologyp. 159
Conrad and the subjectivity of technologyp. 166
Golding and the subjectivity of languagep. 170
Conclusionp. 175
Says Who? Science and Public Understandingp. 179
Theroux: More Frankenstein than Frankensteinp. 181
DeLillo and Franzen: From production to consumptionp. 184
Science warsp. 196
Conclusionp. 199
Notesp. 205
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780230218178
ISBN-10: 0230218172
Series: Outlining Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 17th November 2010
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1