Transactions and Encounters

Transactions and Encounters : Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 160 x 210.8 x 26.2mm | 435.46g
  • MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 line drawings
  • 0719059100
  • 9780719059100

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

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About Roger Luckhurst

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

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