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Melchanolies [i.e. melancholies] of knowledge : literature in the age of science

Author: Margery Arent Safir
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1999.
Series: SUNY series, the margins of literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offering interdisciplinary criticism and methodology, Melancholies of Knowledge includes essays by scientists, social scientists, and literary critics on the work of the French novelist Michel Rio. It provides a non-specialist's description of the most important scientific changes in the century - easily understandable and related to issues of concern in the humanities - as well as an opportunity to see how these
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Michel Rio; Michel Rio
Material Type: Government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margery Arent Safir
ISBN: 0791439747 9780791439746 0791439739 9780791439739
OCLC Number: 767793658
Description: ix, 205 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Margery Arent Safir --
1. Out of Time in the Dreaming Jungles / Stephen Jay Gould --
2. "It is not safe to know" / Margery Arent Safir --
3. A Disenchanted Enchanter / Michel Pastoureau --
4. Cosmoses and Metaphor / James Ritter --
5. Topographies / James Swenson --
6. The Temptation of the Last Man / Jean-Michel Rabate --
7. The Aztec tlacuilo and the Other / Joaquin Galarza --
8. The Mind's I / Christian Metz.
Series Title: SUNY series, the margins of literature.
Other Titles: Melancholies of knowledge.
Mélancolies du savoir.
Responsibility: edited by Margery Arent Safir.

Abstract:

Offering interdisciplinary criticism and methodology, Melancholies of Knowledge includes essays by scientists, social scientists, and literary critics on the work of the French novelist Michel Rio. It provides a non-specialist's description of the most important scientific changes in the century - easily understandable and related to issues of concern in the humanities - as well as an opportunity to see how these scientific changes are being incorporated into literary discourse, into the human element outside of theory or the laboratory.

In presenting a new methodology that proposes true interdisciplinarity, Melancholies of Knowledge identifies a new class of contemporary fiction and, as a test case, provides the first serious criticism of a major contemporary French author.

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