RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 43279743 LA English T1 Between literature and science : Poe, Lem, and explorations in aesthetics, cognitive science, and literary knowledge A1 Swirski, Peter,, PB McGill-Queen's University Press PP Montreal; Ithica [N.Y.] YR 2000 SN 0773520430 9780773520431 0773520783 9780773520783 AB "Through close analysis of Eureka and The Purloined Letter, Peter Swirski evaluates Poe's epistemological theses in the light of contemporary philosophy of science and presents literary interpretation as a cooperative game played by the author and reader, thereby illuminating how we read fiction. The analysis of Poe's little-studied Eureka provides the basis for his discussion of Lem's critique of scientific reductionism and futurological forecasts. Drawing on his own interviews with Lem as well as analysis of his works, Swirski considers the author's scenarios involving computers capable of creative acts and discusses their socio-cultural implications. His analysis leads to bold arguments about the nature of literature and its relation to a broad range of other disciplines."--Jacket.