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Emily Dickinson and the hill of science

Author: Robin Peel
Publisher: Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Emily Dickinson and the Hill of Science offers a new reading of Dickinson's poetry alongside the popular reporting of science in journals and newspapers available to Dickinson, and alongside the science textbooks in use in the schools Dickinson attended." "The first half of the nineteenth century was an exciting period in the development of science and technology, and the revelations of science and the technology  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Peel
ISBN: 9780838642214 0838642217 9781611474251 1611474256
OCLC Number: 396198308
Description: 435 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Poetry, paleontology, and geology --
Climbing the hill of science --
Women, books, schooling, and science --
Emily Dickinson and geography --
Seeing differently: astronomy, optics, and the slanted lens --
Dickinson and Darwin --
Psychology and pseudoscience --
Disruptive science and disruptive poetry.
Responsibility: Robin Peel.

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Offers a new reading of Dickinson's poetry alongside the popular reporting of science in journals and newspapers available to her, and alongside the science textbooks in use in the schools she  Read more...

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