Transactions and Encounters: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Transactions and Encounters: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century


Edited by Roger Luckhurst, Edited by Josephine McDonagh

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  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 211mm x 26mm | 435g
  • Publication date: 11 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 0719059100
  • ISBN 13: 9780719059100
  • Illustrations note: 5 line drawings

Product description

This collection brings together essays by leading scholars exploring the complex interface of culture and science in the Victorian era. Long before the so-called "two-cultures" conflict, Victorians encountered science in unpredictable ways, being surprised and enchanted as much as threatened by emerging technologies or the claims of newly professional scientists. "Transactions and Encounters" examines a diverse range of such moments: the popular craze for microscopes; the uncanny possibility of the telephone; the jostling for authority between literature and science, with scenes by and including Dickens and Lewes, Huxley and Gosse; the weird imaginary around androgynous barnacles; and the competing versions of a mind-reading act. These essays combine to produce an attempt to re-cast understanding of 19th-century encounters between the cultural and scientific spheres. The contributors include David Amigoni, Isobel Armstrong, Carolyn Burdett, Steven Connor, Lindsay Smith, Rebecca Stott, Lynette Turner and Paul S. White.

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Author information

Roger Luckhurst is Lecturer in English at Birkbeck College, University of London Josephine McDonagh is Reader in Romantic and Victorian Culture at Birkbeck College, University of London

Table of contents

List of Figures List of Contributors Acknowledgments Introduction: Encountering science - Roger Luckhurst & Josephine McDonagh 1. Voice, technology and the Victorian Ear - Steven Connor 2. The microscope: meditations on the sub-visible world - Isobel Armstrong 3. 'Thinking blues': the memory of colour in nineteenth-century photography - Lindsay Smith 4. Cross-cultural encounters: the co-production of science and literature in mid-Victorian periodicals - Paul White 5. Imitation of life: science, literature and the dissemination of culture - David Amigoni 6. Passages in the invention of the psyche: mind-reading in London 1881-4 - Roger Luckhurst 7. Darwin's barnacles: mid-century Victorian natural history and the marine grotesque - Rebecca Stott 8. Women's share in primitive culture: science, femininity and anthropological knowledge - Lynette Turner 9. From the 'New Werther' to numbers and arguments: Karl Pearson's eugenics - Carolyn Burdett