Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siècle Periodical Press: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, cartea 105

Autor Will Tattersdill
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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-siècle 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.
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ISBN-13: 9781316507872
ISBN-10: 1316507874
Pagini: 230
Ilustrații: 20 b/w illus.
Dimensiuni: 151 x 229 x 12 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Editura: Cambridge University Press
Colecția Cambridge University Press
Seria Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Locul publicării:Cambridge, United Kingdom


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.


'… engaging and convincing … Tattersdill demonstrates that the cultural voices of literature and science are not necessarily opposites and that the juxtaposition of the two provided fertile ground for the growth of science fiction as a genre, particularly in the area of popular literature.' Katherine Ford, British Society for Literature and Science Reviews(
'Tattersdill writes shrewdly … Throughout he insists in a most amiable way that literature and science are intersecting continuums, that building generic or disciplinary walls is as unproductive as the political kind.' Laurence Davies, Review 19 (
'… an exciting and thought-provoking study that speaks not only to fans of science fiction but also to scholars of literature and science. Its scholarly and yet accessible style is an important part of its achievement. Much of the material discussed is new and the extensive annotations identify valuable sources of further reading.' Jane M. Ekstam, English Studies
'This book is full of fascinating material …' Patrick Parrinder, The Wellsian
'Tattersdill highlights the diversity, inclusivity and popularity of such hybrid publications and explores a fascinating mixture of texts-from stories to non-fiction articles, as well as advertisements and interview pieces.' Rachel Crossland, Metascience

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Explores the first appearance of 'science fiction' in the pages of late nineteenth-century general interest periodicals.