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Exchanges between Literature and Science from the 1800s to the 2000s

Converging Realms

Editor(s): Márcia Lemos

Book Description

This collection of essays responds to the intense interest that the relations between the discourses of literature (and other cultural practices) and those of science have obtained throughout various fields of study. Spanning a period between the mid-nineteenth century and the twenty-first century, the work collected here is firmly focused on the cultural significance of scientific discoveries and practices, and especially on the manifold representations of science and scientists in literature and the arts. Its four sections develop from an initial moment of dwindling indefiniteness of borders between literature and the sciences to the historical perception of an increasing divide between “the two cultures,” to use C.P. Snow’s influential expression, as well as calls for a form of convergence or “consilience” in Edward Wilson’s words. The final section turns to the medical sciences, a porous scientific discipline in relation to the humanities, which suggests that consilience can already be found partially in specific areas. As such, this collection contributes towards critically extending that integration through the discussion of key literary representations of science, its promises, and its problems.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1273-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1273-0
Date of Publication: 01/01/2017
Pages / Size: 227 / A5
Price: £61.99
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Biography

Márcia Lemos holds a PhD in English Literature and is a Researcher at the Centre for English, Translation, and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) at the University of Porto, Portugal. Her research interests include Modernism, Postmodernism, and utopian studies.

Miguel Ramalhete Gomes is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the theme of Shakespeare and presentism. He has recently published Texts Waiting for History: William Shakespeare Re-Imagined by Heiner Müller (2014). Currently based at the Centre for English, Translation, and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) at the University of Porto, Portugal, he also teaches at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. His research interests include Early Modern drama, Irish studies, and utopian studies.