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Alternate histories and nineteenth-century literature : untimely meditations in Britain, France, and America

Author: Ben Carver
Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017] ©2017
Series: Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
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'In a stimulating text rich with "alternate facts", Carver reminds us that history is also what failed to happen and that each historical present carries with it its fantasies of alternate realities. The counterfactual has become a banality today, but this stimulating history of plural virtualities demonstrates how poetic our prosaic 19th century was in fact, and how productively it confronted its own unrealized  Read more...
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Carver, Ben.
Alternate histories and nineteenth-century literature.
London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
(OCoLC)973919869
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Carver
ISBN: 9781137573346 1137573341
OCLC Number: 1006878597
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: "Preface and Acknowledgements"; "Contents"; "Abbreviations"; "List of Figures"; "Chapter 1 Introduction: The Castle of If"; "Chapter 2 Napoleonic Imaginaries"; "Other Napoleons"; "Phantasms and Hoaxes"; "Historic Doubts: A Sceptical Alternative"; "Napoléon Apocryphe: This Immense Reality"; "History's Slave: Tolstoy's Condemnation"; "Chapter 3 Inheriting Antiquity: Political Genealogy in Disraeli and Renouvier"; "The Perfect Story of Mankind"; "Romantic Politics and Style"; "Romance and History." "Uchronie: Liberty and History in Renouvier"; "Inheritance and Evolution"; "Chapter 4 Nebulous History and the Plurality of Worlds"; "Beyond the Visible"; "Theological Limits: What Is Man, that Thou Art Mindful of Him?"; "History and Nebulae"; "Instruments of Perception"; "Hale's and Flammarion';s Alternate-Historical Beings"; "Blanqui, Nietzsche, and the Materialism of History"; "Chapter 5 Lost Worlds and the (Un)Natural History of Gender"; "Replaying Life's Tape: The Alternate History of Nature"; "The Island Paradigm as Rule and Exception." "Lost Worlds and the Recovery of Masculinity"; "Recovering the Female (Selector)"; "Eugenics and Education in Mizora"; "Women, Evolution, and Economics"; "Her land For Him"; "Chapter 6 Earliness and Lateness: Alternate History in American Literature"; "Anchor 2"; "Aristopia: Renewing the Republic"; "Perennial Rebirth: New and Old Frontiers"; "Transatlantic Correspondence"; "A Connecticut Yankee: Twain's Historical Romance"; "Time Travel and Philology"; "Multiple Worlds"; "Chapter 7 Conclusion: Infinite Worlds"; "Bibliography."
Series Title: Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
Responsibility: Ben Carver.

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Based on the authors' thesis (doctoral--University of Exeter, 2012) presented under the title: Arranging the past, reconsidering the present: the emergence of alternate history in the nineteenth  Read more...

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