Victorian Science and Literature: Pt. 1

Victorian Science and Literature: Pt. 1

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General editor Gowan Dawson, General editor Bernard Lightman, Volume editor Piers J. Hale, Volume editor Jonathan Smith, Volume editor Suzy Anger, Volume editor James G. Paradis, Volume editor Richard England, Volume editor Jude V. Nixon, Volume editor David Amigoni, Volume editor James Elwick

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  • Publisher: Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 1504 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 246mm x 127mm | 2,880g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1848930917
  • ISBN 13: 9781848930919
  • Sales rank: 1,963,340

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Building on the success of Literature and Science, 1660-1834 (Pickering & Chatto, 2003-4), this ambitious eight-volume, reset edition in two parts collects rare primary sources on Victorian science, literature and culture. Science had a fundamental effect on the Victorian world. Previously, 'science' was used to refer to knowledge of a quite general kind, but during the nineteenth century science became more formalized as it grew to encompass new and emerging disciplines. The growing influence of science on Victorian culture can be seen in almost every aspect of life; from industry, urbanization and the spread of imperialism, to religion and the impact of Darwinism. Theories on the natural world, evolution, race and spiritualism entered the public consciousness, contributing to a more scientifically literate society. In turn literature helped to shape the new sciences, with scientific discourses relying heavily on literary precedents. Each volume focuses on an important theme from current scholarship. The edition begins with an extensive general introduction as well as having introductions at the start of each volume. Headnotes and explanatory annotations also feature throughout. The collection will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of science and literature, as well as social history, empire studies and occultism.

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'a giddying embarrassment of riches for Victorianist and science and literature scholars alike ... The innovative research directions initiated by the set will likely influence science and literature studies for years to come.' Review 19 'The editors have wisely focused on texts that are difficult to find. Each volume features an introduction that maps out the landscape within which the readings serve as markers. Highly recommended.' CHOICE 'these eight volumes are an immense treasure trove for explorers in the field of Victorian literature and science to delight in and exploit.' The British Society for Literature and Science

Table of contents

Part I General Introduction Volume 1: Negotiating Boundaries 'On the Application of the Terms Poetry, Science, and Philosophy', Monthly Repository (1834); William Whewell, Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences Founded upon their History (1840) [extracts]; Robert Hunt, The Poetry of Science; or, Studies in the Physical Phenomena of Nature (1848) [extract]; George Henry Lewes, Comte's Philosophy of the Sciences (1857) [extract]; [William Whewell], 'Spedding's Complete Edition of the Works of Bacon' Edinburgh Review (1857) [extract]; John Henry Newman, 'The Mission of the Benedictine Order', Atlantis (1858); Hugh Miller, Popular Geology: A Series of Lectures read before the Philosophical Institution of Edinburgh (1859) [extract]; Eneas Sweetland Dallas, The Gay Science (1866) [extracts]; Charles Kingsley, 'A Charm of Birds', Fraser's Magazine (1867); Michael Faraday, 'Observations on the Education of the Judgment. A Lecture Delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain' (1867) [extract]; Thomas Henry Huxley, 'Aphorisms by Goethe', Nature (1869); John Tyndall, 'On the Scientific Use of the Imagination', Fragments of Science for Unscientific People (1871); John Ruskin, 'The Relation to Art of the Sciences of Organic Form', The Eagle's Nest (1872); Edward Dowden, 'The Scientific Movement and Literature', Contemporary Review (1877); Thomas Henry Huxley, 'On Science and Art in Relation to Education' (1882), in Science and Education. Essays by Thomas H Huxley (1893); William Samuel vs Thomas Henry Huxley: Lilly, 'Materialism and Morality', Fortnightly Review (1886), Huxley, 'Science and Morals', Fortnightly Review (1886), Lilly, 'The Province of Physics', Fortnightly Review (1887); Arthur James Balfour, The Foundations of Belief (1895) [extracts] Volume 2: Victorian Science as Cultural Authority Science as a Source of Cultural Authority: [William Whewell], Review of John Herschel, Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy, from Quarterly Review (1831); Hugh Miller, 'Stromness and its Asterolepis' and 'The Development Hypothesis, and its Consequences'(1851); Herbert Spencer 'The Social Organism' (1860), in Essays, Scientific, Political, and Speculative (1891); Thomas Henry Huxley, 'On the Advisableness of Improving Natural Knowledge', Collected Essays (1866); John Ruskin, 'Athena Keramitis', Athena, Queen of the Air: Being a Study of the Greek Myths or Cloud and Storm (1903) [extracts]; George Henry Lewes, 'On the Dread and Dislike of Science: A Defense of Science against the Claims of Theology', Fortnightly Review (1878); Arthur James Balfour, A Defence of Philosophical Doubt, being an Essay on the Foundations of Belief (1879) [extract]; Frances Power Cobbe, 'The Scientific Spirit of the Age', The Scientific Spirit of the Age, and other Pleas and Discussions (1888); Karl Pearson, The Grammar of Science (1900); [Mona Caird], The Sanctuary of Mercy (1892) [extract]. Science Lending New Cultural Authority to an Existing Field: Baden Powell, The Connexion of Natural and Divine Truth; or, The Study of the Inductive Philosophy Considered as Subservient to Theology (1838) [extract]; James Cowles Prichard, 'On the Relations of Ethnology to Other Branches of Knowledge', Journal of the Ethnological Society of London (1848); Alexander Bain, The Senses and the Intellect (1874) [extracts]; Henry Maudsley, 'An Address on Medical Psychology', The British Medical Journal (1872); William Kingdon Clifford, 'Right and Wrong, the Scientific Ground of their Distinction', in Lectures and Essays, Leslie Stephen and Frederick Pollock (eds) (1875); Balfour Stewart and Peter Guthrie Tait, The Unseen Universe, or, Physical Speculations on a Future State (1878); Vernon Lee, 'Apollo the Fiddler: A Chapter on Artistic Anachronism', Fraser's Magazine (1882); Francis Galton, 'Measurement of Character', Fortnightly Review (1884); Havelock Ellis, The Criminal (1916) [extracts]. Pro-Science and Anti-Science Satire or Parody: Punch; or, the London Charivari [extracts]; Benjamin Bendigo, pseud. [William M Thackeray] 'Science at Cambridge', Punch (1848); J L, pseud. [John Leech], 'H R H Field-Marshall Chancellor Prince Albert Taking the Pons Asionorum', Punch (1848); 'Unnatural Selection and Improvement of Species. (A Paper Intended to be Read at our Social Science Congress, by One who has been Spending Half-an-Hour or so with Darwin'), Punch (1860); 'Punch's Scientific Register', Punch (1864); Psychosis, Our modern Philosophers: Darwin, Bain and Spencer; or, The Descent of Man, Mind and Body (1884) [extracts]; [William Cosmo Monkhouse], The Automaton: A Comedy in Three Acts [nd] [extracts]; May Kendall, 'Taking Long Views' and 'The Conquering Machine' Dreams to Sell (1887); May Kendall, 'Ether Insatiable', Songs from Dreamland (1894). Worlds that Project (or Contest) the Cultural Authority of Science: Coventry Patmore, 'The Two Desarts', The Unknown Eros (1878); [Algernon Charles Swinburne], 'Disgust: A Dramatic Monologue', Fortnightly Review (1881); Thomas Hardy, Two on a Tower: A Romance (1883) [extract]; James Clerk Maxwell, 'To Hermann Stoffkraft, PhD, The Hero of a Recent Work Called "Paradoxical Philosophy". A Paradoxical Ode. [After Shelley]', in Lewis Campbell and William Garnett, The Life of James Clerk Maxwell... (1884); Grant Allen, 'The Child of the Phalanstery', Strange Stories (1884); Arthur Conan Doyle, 'The Great Kleinplatz Experiment', Belgravia: A London Magazine (1885); Israel Zangwill, 'The Memory Clearing House', Idler: an illustrated monthly (1892) Volume 3: Science, Religion and Natural Theology On The Divine Economy Of Nature: William Buckland, Geology and Mineralogy Considered with Reference to Natural Theology (1837) [extracts]; Baden Powell, The Connexion between Natural and Divine Truth (1838) [extract]; Samuel Brown, 'The Argument of Design Equal to Nothing, or Nieuentyt and Paley vs. David Hume and St. Paul' in Lectures on Atomic Theory and Essays Scientific and Literary (1858); Edward Forbes, History of British Starfishes (1841) [extracts]; Frank Buckland, Curiosities of Natural History (1859) [extract]; Henry Crosskey, The Method of Creation (1889) [extracts]. Cosmic Considerations: Richard Proctor, Other Worlds Than Ours (1871) [extracts]; James Prescott Joule, 'On Matter, Living Force, and Heat', in The Scientific Papers of James Prescott Joule (1847); John Tyndall, Heat Considered as a Mode of Motion (1863) [extracts]; Thomas Huxley, 'The Physical Basis of Life' Fortnightly Review (1868); James Iverach, Christianity and Evolution (1894) [extract]. Redesigning Darwin: F Max Muller, The Science of Language (1891) [extracts]; F Max Muller, 'Lectures on Mr Darwin's Philosophy of Language: Second Lecture' (1873); Henry Acland, The Harveian Oration (1865) [extract]; Duke of Argyll [G D Campbell], The Reign of Law (1867) [extracts]; Charles Kingsley, 'The Natural Theology of the Future', Macmillan's Magazine (1871); George Henry Lewes, Problems of Life and Mind: First Series: The Foundations of a Creed (1874-5) [extracts]; George Henry Lewes, Problems of Life and Mind, Second Series: The Physical Basis of Mind (1877) [extract]; Joseph Parker, Job's Comforters, or Scientific Sympathy (1876) [extract]. God And Nature: Knowing, Feeling: David Moir, 'Hymn to Hesperus' and 'Starlight Reflections' from The Poetical Works of David Macbeth Moir, Thomas Aird (ed) (1852); Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'Nondum' (1866) and 'God's Grandeur', (1877); John Henry Newman, 'Desolation' (1868); Arthur Grey Butler, 'In the Beginning' (1892); George Romanes, 'Charles Darwin - A Memorial Poem', 'The Drama of Life' and 'Natural Theology' (1896) Volume 4: The Evolutionary Epic Before Darwin: The Cosmos, Geology, Fossils, Language, Imagination: John Pringle Nichol, The Architecture of the Heavens (1850) [extracts]; Hugh Miller, Sketch-Book of Popular Geology (1859) [extract]; [Hensleigh Wedgwood], 'Grimm's Deutche Grammatik', Quarterly Review (1833); Richard Owen, Palaeontology: A Systematic Study of Extinct Animals and the Geological Relations (1861) [extracts]. The Development Hypothesis: New Directions: [Herbert Spencer], 'The Development Hypothesis', The Leader (1852); [Edmund Saul Dixon], 'A Vision of Animal Existences', Cornhill Magazine (1862); William Winwood Reade, The Martyrdom of Man (1872) [extracts]; Edward Clodd, The Story of Creation: A Plain Account of Evolution (1901) [extracts]. Late Century Developments and Debates: Evolution as Knowledge, Degeneration, Empire, Gender and Mutuality: Thomas Henry Huxley, Review of Ernst Haeckel, Anthropogenie (1875); [Grant Allen], 'Evolution', Cornhill Magazine (1888); Edwin Ray Lankester, 'Degeneration: a chapter in Darwinism', (1880) [extracts]; Benjamin Kidd, Social Evolution (1888) [extract]; Edwin Ray Lankester, Degeneration: A Chapter in Darwinism (1880); Benjamin Kidd, Social Evolution (1894) [extract]; Eliza Burt Gamble, The Evolution of Woman: An Inquiry into the Dogma of her Inferiority to Man (1894) [extracts]; Peter Kropotkin, 'Mutual Aid amongst Modern Men', The Nineteenth Century (1896)