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Victorian Literature and the Physics of the Imponderable

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Victorian Literature and the Physics of the Imponderable by Sarah C. Alexander
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The Victorians are known for their commitment to materialism, evidenced by the dominance of empiricism in the sciences and realism in fiction. Yet there were other strains of thinking during the period in the physical sciences, social sciences, and literature that privileged the spaces between the material and immaterial. This book examines how the emerging language of the "imponderable" helped Victorian writers and physicists make sense of new experiences of modernity. As Sarah Alexander argues, while Victorian physicists were theorizing ether, energy and entropy, and non-Euclidean space and atom theories, writers such as Charles Dickens, William Morris, and Joseph Conrad used concepts of the imponderable to explore key issues of capitalism, imperialism, and social unrest.

Author Biography

Sarah C. Alexander is an assistant professor of English at the University of Vermont.
Release date Australia
November 30th, 2016
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of Pittsburgh Press
Pages
216
ISBN-13
9780822964858
Product ID
26207118

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