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The book begins with an overview of the interconnections between allegory in literature and allegory in science, then analyzes the interaction between energy and entropy and their personification in the literature of the times. Energy Forms draws on the writing of well-known literary and scientific authors including H. G. Wells, Camille Flammarion, Charles Howard Hinton and D. H. Lawrence, among others. The focus then shifts to the broad cultural tension between thermodynamic malaise and electromagnetic aspiration. Energy Forms uncovers the works of important but overlooked authors in the fields of science and literature and will appeal especially to those who are intrigued by interdisciplinary studies.
Bruce Clarke is Professor of English,Texas Tech University. He is the author of Dora Marsden and Early Modernism: Gender, Individualism, Science; Allegories of Writing: The Subject of Metamorphosis; and editor of The Body and the Text: Comparative Essays in Literature and Medicine.
|Pt. 1||Form, Ideology, Social History|
|Ch. 1||Allegory and Science||17|
|Ch. 2||Phantasmagorias of Energy||35|
|Pt. 2||Allegories of Thermodynamics|
|Ch. 4||Maxwell's Daemonic Science||85|
|Ch. 5||Dark Stars||111|
|Ch. 6||A Different Sun||136|
|Pt. 3||Allegories of Dimensionality|
|Ch. 7||The Ether of Space||163|
|Ch. 8||Literary Relativity||193|