The Place of Fiction in the Time of Science A Disciplinary History of American Writing

by John Limon

Part of the Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series

The Place of Fiction in the Time of Science A Disciplinary History of American Writing Synopsis

In this 1990 book John Limon examines the various ways American authors have approached the writing of fiction (and justified that writing) in an age increasingly dominated by science. He focuses in particular on Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne - three highly articulate and highly alarmed witnesses to the professionalisation of science, the great crisis in modern intellectual history. It was, he argues, especially specially difficult for American writers to face this crisis since they could make no appeal to traditional values: America, after all, had never really been a pre-scientific society.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521107631
Publication date: 5th March 2009
Author: John Limon
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 236 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general,

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