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Uncertain chances : science, skepticism, and belief in nineteenth-century American literature

Author: Maurice S Lee
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The role of chance changed in the nineteenth century, and American literature changed with it. Long dismissed as a nominal concept, chance was increasingly treated as a natural force to be managed but never mastered. New theories of chance sparked religious and philosophical controversies while revolutionizing the sciences as probabilistic methods spread from mathematics, economics, and sociology to physics and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice S Lee
ISBN: 9780199797578 0199797579 9780199985814 0199985812
OCLC Number: 700468415
Description: x, 239 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Probably Poe --
Moby-Dick and the opposite of providence --
Doubting if doubt itself be doubting: after Moby-Dick --
Douglass's long run --
Roughly Thoreau --
Dickinson's precarious steps, surprising leaps, and bounds --
Coda: Lost causes and the Civil War.
Responsibility: Maurice S. Lee.

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Maurice Lee's study illustrates how writers such as Poe, Melville, Douglass, Thoreau, Dickinson, and others participated in a broad intellectual and cultural shift in which Americans increasingly  Read more...
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"[An] erudite...densely informative study." --The Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin"Uncertain Chances is an adventurous, learned, and powerfully argued inquiry into the manifold ways in Read more...

 
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