Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter

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Science always raises more questions than it can contain. These challenging essays explore how ideas are transformed as they come under the stress of unforeseen readers. Using a wealth of material from diverse nineteenth- and twentieth-century writing, Gillian Beer tracks encounters between science, literature, and other forms of emotional experience. Her analysis discloses issues of chance, gender, nation, and desire. A substantial group of essays centres on Darwin and the incentives of his thinking, from language theory to his encounters with Fuegians. Other essays include Hardy, Helmholtz, Hopkins, Clerk Maxwell, and Woolf. The collection throws a different light on Victorian experience and the rise of modernism, and engages with current controversies about the place of science in culture.
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"Essential reading for anyone interested in the relation of literature and science."--Nineteenth-Century Literature

"From her sensitive discussions of Darwin's writing style,...to her more polemical interventions...Beer is careful to maintain a productive tension in her various deductions and claims. All in all, a fine and instructive collection."--Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

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  • ISBN-13: 9780198186359
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Cambridge University
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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 Four Bodies on the Beagle: Touch, Sight, and Writing in a Darwin Letter 13
2 Can the Native Return? 31
3 Travelling the Other Way: Travel Narratives and Truth Claims 55
4 Speaking for the Others: Relativism and Authority in Victorian Anthropological Writing 71
5 Darwin and the Growth of Language Theory 95
6 Forging the Missing Link: Interdisciplinary Stories 115
7 Problems of Description in the Language of Discovery 149
8 Translation or Transformation? The Relation of Literature and Science 173
9 Parable, Professionalization, and Literary Allusion in Victorian Scientific Writing 196
10 'The Death of the Sun': Victorian Solar Physics and Solar Theory 219
11 Helmholtz, Tyndall, Gerard Manley Hopkins: Leaps of the Prepared Imagination 242
12 The Reader's Wager: Lots, Sorts, and Futures 273
13 Wave Theory and the Rise of Literary Modernism 295
14 Square Rounds and Other Awkward Fits: Chemistry as Theatre 321
Index 333
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