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Restoring the mystery of the rainbow : literature's refraction of science

Author: V Tinkler-Villani; C C Barfoot
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2011.
Series: DQR studies in literature, 47.
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"Keats' misgivings about science unweaving the rainbow and robbing Nature of its mystery were shared by many of contemporaries, and successive generations have been compelled to ask how this rapidly escalating knowledge of the universe would affect their understanding of themselves and the world they lived in. This is the concern of most of the essays in these two volumes: how are we to live with science and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: V Tinkler-Villani; C C Barfoot
ISBN: 9789042033252 9042033258 9789401200011 9401200017
OCLC Number: 727062024
Description: 2 volumes (1106 pages) ; 23 cm.
Contents: "Millions infinite": Martial mathematics in the first part of chrisopher marlowe's tamburlaine / Todd H.J. Pettigrew --
Milton's satan: rationalizing experience and the experimental scientific method in paradise regain'd / stephen voyce --
"The Eunuch's child": william king's transactions with the royal societ / C.C. barfoot --
Re-ordering creation: materialism, monism, and scientific iconoclasm in late eighteenth-century literature / John R.M. Ames --
Re-evalating science and romanticism: the case of erasmus darwin's the love's of the plants / Rebecca Knell --
Revising the obvious: goethe's opposition to scientific convention / Renata Schellenberg --
"science as the base of wonders": rational enquiry in braum stoker's the jewel of seven stars and the lair of the white worm / J.D. Ballam --
Ironic science: some remarks on humanism, science, and literature / Malte Herwig --
Rattling the cage of meaning: primo levi's the periodic table, the two cultures, and the ethical duty of the water / Lucia Boldrini --
The weasel, the rose and life after death: representations of medieval physiology in marie de france's eliduc / Danielle Gurevitch --
Mythopoeia and medicine: decoding fracastoro's syphilis sive morbus gallicus / William Henry Spates --
"Little Irritations" in mansfield park / Monique W. Dull --
When science meets fiction: immortality in balzac's le centenaire ou les deus beringheld / Elene Anastasaki --
Thomas Hardy's morphology: hair formations in scientific and fictional narratives / Galia Ofek --
Amoral animality: H.G. wells' the island of doctor moeau / Amanda Mordavsky Caleb --
A defect in nature: the figure of the passenger pigeon in graem gibson an other north amaerican writers / Eric Miller --
Tertium quid: gertrude stein and psychical research / Lorna Fitzsimmons --
Life after man?: posthumanity and genetic engineering in margaret atwoods's oryx and crake and kazuo ishiguro's never let me go / Rosario Arias --
"Toward a science of perfect reproduction?" visions of eugenics in contemporary fiction / Marie Aline Ferreira --
Autobiography, autobiology, tautolog: marguerite wourcenar's le labyrinthe du monde / May Chehab --
The narratives of science: literary theory and discovery in molecular biology / Priya Venkatesan --
Theodore' Roszak's the memoirs of elizabeth frankenstein: a countercultural perspective on alchemy, gender and the scientific revolution / Evert Jan van Leeuwen --
Debating darwin: the alchemy of A.S. byatt and pauline melville / Kathleen Williams Renk --
"She thought human thoughts and stone thoughts ": Geology and the mineral world in A.S. byat's fiction / Carmen Lara Rallo.
Series Title: DQR studies in literature, 47.
Responsibility: edited by Valeria Tinkler-Villani and C.C. Barfoot.

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"Keats' misgivings about science unweaving the rainbow and robbing Nature of its mystery were shared by many of contemporaries, and successive generations have been compelled to ask how this rapidly escalating knowledge of the universe would affect their understanding of themselves and the world they lived in. This is the concern of most of the essays in these two volumes: how are we to live with science and the issues scientific discoveries and propositions raise? And how has this relationship with science been explored and expressed in literary works? Yet even before science became such a challenge to the imagination, an awareness of how people interact with the natural world -- in terms of sickness and health, medicine, mathematics -- had already been a literary subject, also reflected in a number of articles in Restoring the Mystery of the Rainbow: Literature's Refraction of Science. In the twentieth century doubt became a crucial component of science as well as literature, and the relativism and uncertainty of quantum physics have proved fruitful to a wide range of dramatist, poets and novelists as many articles indicate. A systematic desire for objective criteria, verifiability, and conceptual frameworks has also increased the importance of methodology and of criticism: the many approaches adopted by the contributors to these volumes further point to the refraction of science in literature"--Page [4] of covers.

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