Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Series Number 105 Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siecle Periodical Press

Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Series Number 105 Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siecle Periodical Press

By: Will Tattersdill (author)Hardback

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In this revisionary study, Will Tattersdill argues against the reductive 'two cultures' model of intellectual discourse by exploring the cultural interactions between literature and science embodied in late nineteenth-century periodical literature, tracing the emergence of the new genre that would become known as 'science fiction'. He examines a range of fictional and non-fictional fin-de-siecle writing around distinct scientific themes: Martian communication, future prediction, X-rays, and polar exploration. Every chapter explores a major work of H. G. Wells, but also presents a wealth of exciting new material drawn from a variety of late Victorian periodicals. Arguing that the publications in which they appeared, as well as the stories themselves, played a crucial part in the development of science fiction, Tattersdill uses the form of the general interest magazine as a way of understanding the relationship between the arts and the sciences, and the creation of a new literary genre.

About Author

Will Tattersdill is Lecturer in Victorian Literature in the Department of English at the University of Birmingham.

Contents

Introduction: material entanglements; 1. Intrinsic intelligibility; 2. Distance over time; 3. New photography; 4. Further northward; Conclusion: bad science and the study of English; Bibliography.

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  • ISBN13: 9781107144651
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 241
  • ID: 9781107144651
  • weight: 520
  • ISBN10: 1107144655

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