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The Place of Fiction in the Time of Science : A Disciplinary History of American Writing - John Limon

The Place of Fiction in the Time of Science

A Disciplinary History of American Writing

Hardcover Published: 23rd February 1990
ISBN: 9780521352512
Number Of Pages: 234

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In this major new book John Limon examines the various ways American authors have approached the writing of fiction (and justified that writing) in an age increasingly dominated by science. He focuses in particular on Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allen Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne - three highly articulate and highly alarmed witnesses to the professionalisation of science, the great crisis in modern intellectual history. It was, he argues, especially specially difficult for American writers to face this crisis since they could make no appeal to traditional values: America, after all, had never really been a pre-scientific society.In this major new book John Limon examines the various ways American authors have approached the writing of fiction (and justified that writing) in an age increasingly dominated by science. He focuses in particular on Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allen Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne - three highly articulate and highly alarmed witnesses to the professionalisation of science, the great crisis in modern intellectual history. It was, he argues, especially specially difficult for American writers to face this crisis since they could make no appeal to traditional values: America, after all, had never really been a pre-scientific society.

Toward a disciplinary intellectual history
Brown's epistemology
Poe's methodology
Hawthorne's technology
After the revolutions: Brown and Dreiser, Poe and Pynchon, Hawthorne and Mailer
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ISBN: 9780521352512
ISBN-10: 0521352517
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 23rd February 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.52