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Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siècle Periodical Press (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)

Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siècle Periodical Press (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)

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Will Tattersdill
Cambridge University Press, 3/29/2016
EAN 9781107144651, ISBN10: 1107144655

Hardcover, 241 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

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-siècle 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.

Introduction
material entanglements
1. Intrinsic intelligibility
2. Distance over time
3. New photography
4. Further northward
Conclusion
bad science and the study of English
Bibliography.