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    Victorian science and literature: marginal and occult sciences

    Sausman, J. and Luckhurst, Roger, eds. (2012) Victorian science and literature: marginal and occult sciences. London, UK: Chatto & Pickering Publishers. ISBN 9781848930926.

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    Book synopsis: Building on the success of Literature and Science, 1660–1834 (Pickering & Chatto, 2003–4), this ambitious eight-volume, reset edition in two parts collects rare primary sources on Victorian science, literature and culture. Science had a fundamental effect on the Victorian world. Previously, ‘science’ was used to refer to knowledge of a quite general kind, but during the nineteenth century science became more formalized as it grew to encompass new and emerging disciplines. The growing influence of science on Victorian culture can be seen in almost every aspect of life; from industry, urbanization and the spread of imperialism, to religion and the impact of Darwinism. Theories on the natural world, evolution, race and spiritualism entered the public consciousness, contributing to a more scientifically literate society. In turn literature helped to shape the new sciences, with scientific discourses relying heavily on literary precedents. Each volume focuses on an important theme from current scholarship. The edition begins with an extensive general introduction as well as having introductions at the start of each volume. Headnotes and explanatory annotations also feature throughout. The collection will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of science and literature, as well as social history, empire studies and occultism.


    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 16:46
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:34


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