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Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siecle Periodical Press

Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siecle Periodical Press (Hardback)

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In this revisionary study, Will Tattersdill argues against the reductive 'two cultures' model of intellectual discourse by exploring the cultural interactions between literature and science embodied in late nineteenth-century periodical literature, tracing the emergence of the new genre that would become known as 'science fiction'. He examines a range of fictional and non-fictional fin-de-siecle writing around distinct scientific themes: Martian communication, future prediction, X-rays, and polar exploration. Every chapter explores a major work of H. G. Wells, but also presents a wealth of exciting new material drawn from a variety of late Victorian periodicals. Arguing that the publications in which they appeared, as well as the stories themselves, played a crucial part in the development of science fiction, Tattersdill uses the form of the general interest magazine as a way of understanding the relationship between the arts and the sciences, and the creation of a new literary genre.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 29/03/2016 ISBN-13: 9781107144651  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Will Tattersdill is Lecturer in Victorian Literature in the Department of English at the University of Birmingham.

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