Open Fields

The collection throws a different light on Victorian experience and the rise of modernism, and engages with current controversies about the place of science in culture.

Open Fields

Science always raises more questions than it can contain. These acclaimed and challenging essays explore how ideas are transformed as they come under the stress of unforeseen readers. Using a wealth of material from diverse nineteenth- and twentieth-century writing, Gillian Beer tracks encounters between science, literature, and other forms of emotional experience. Her analysis discloses issues of chance, gender, nation, and desire. A substantial group of essays centres on Darwin and the incentives of his thinking from language theory to his encounters with Fuegians. Other essays include Hardy, Helmholtz, Hopkins, Clerk Maxwell, and Woolf. The collection throws a different light on Victorian experience and the rise of modernism, and engages with current controversies about the place of science in culture.

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Open Fields
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Gillian Beer
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-03-11 - Publisher: Clarendon Press

Science always raises more questions than it can contain. These acclaimed and challenging essays explore how ideas are transformed as they come under the stress of unforeseen readers. Using a wealth of material from diverse nineteenth- and twentieth-century writing, Gillian Beer tracks encounters between science, literature, and other forms of
Darwin's Plots
Language: en
Pages: 277
Authors: Gillian Beer, King Edward VII Professor and President of Clare Hall Gillian Beer
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000-02-28 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

New edition of highly acclaimed book examining Darwin's work in a literary/cultural context.
Cultural Encounters with the Arabian Nights in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Dickson Melissa Dickson
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-02 - Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Dickson identifies the nineteenth century as the beginning of the large-scale absorption of the Arabian Nights into British literature and culture.
British Naturalists in Qing China
Language: en
Pages: 268
Authors: Fa-ti FAN, Fa-ti Fan
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-06-30 - Publisher: Harvard University Press

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Western scientific interest in China focused primarily on natural history. Prominent scholars in Europe as well as Westerners in China, including missionaries, merchants, consular officers, and visiting plant hunters, eagerly investigated the flora and fauna of China. Yet despite the importance and extent of
Free Will and the Human Sciences in Britain, 1870–1910
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Roger Smith
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-07-28 - Publisher: Routledge

Smith takes an in-depth look at the question of free will through the prism of different disciplines in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.