Transactions and Encounters: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Transactions and Encounters: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century

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by Roger Luckhurst, Josephine McDonagh
     
 

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Transactions and Encounters examines a diverse range of emerging technologies in the Victorian era. Such topics are explored as the popular craze for microscopes; the uncanny possibilities of the telephone; the jostling for authority between literature and science, with scenes by and including Dickens and Lewes, Huxley and Gosse; the weird imaginary around

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Transactions and Encounters examines a diverse range of emerging technologies in the Victorian era. Such topics are explored as the popular craze for microscopes; the uncanny possibilities of the telephone; the jostling for authority between literature and science, with scenes by and including Dickens and Lewes, Huxley and Gosse; the weird imaginary around androgynous barnacles; and the competing versions of a mind-reading act. These essays combine to produce an invigorating and involving attempt to re-cast understandings of 19th century encounters between the cultural and scientific spheres.

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Rather than see science as separate from culture, contributors look at aspects of 19th-century culture in which science accompanied works of art and literature, seeking to tease out the meanings revealed in the blurring of boundaries between the disciplines. Luckhurst (19th- and 20th-century literature, U. of London) and McDonagh (romantic and Victorian culture, U. of London) present nine papers that look at such topics as the introduction of mathematical techniques to social sciences, the impact of the microscope on the epistemology of the period, and the impact of the camera and communicative technologies on ways of sensing the world. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13:
9780719059100
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
10/11/2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.03(d)

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