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Mechanism and the Novel : Science in the Narrative Process - Martha A. Turner

Mechanism and the Novel

Science in the Narrative Process

Hardcover Published: 28th May 2012
ISBN: 9780521443395
Number Of Pages: 212

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Martha Turner's book examines the relationship between British fiction and the tradition of mechanistic science derived from Isaac Newton, and provides a bridge between the mechanical philosophy of the eighteenth century and present-day habits of thought.Tracing the evolution of the concept of mechanism among science writers and novelists of the past 200 years, it shows how the pre-mechanistic world of Pride and Prejudice and the relatively unproblematic empiricism of The Bride of Lammermoor were succeeded by the quandaries of Bleak House, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, and The Egoist, and how alternatives to the mechanistic tradition were worked out in The Secret Agent and Women in Love. Analysis of Doris Lessing's Canopus in Argos: Archives identifies features of the tradition which still survive.

"Turner's book is enjoyable to read, and offers many useful, thought-provoking readings of texts..." Victorian Studies

Introduction
The concept of mechanism
The Aristotelian logic of settlement in Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor: Empiricism, mechanism, imagination
Cosmology and chaos in Dickens's Bleak House
Scientific humanism and the comic spirit: From The Ordeal of Richard Feverel to The Egoist
Old mindsets and new world-music in Conrad's The Secret Agent
Women in Love: Beyond fulfilment
The mechanistic legacy: Lessing's Canopus in Argos: Archives
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ISBN: 9780521443395
ISBN-10: 0521443393
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 28th May 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.45