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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Representations of Science in Twenty-First-Century Fiction

Human and Temporal Connectivities

Editors: Engelhardt, Nina, Hoydis, Julia (Eds.)

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  • Focuses on contemporary literature and science, posthumanism, and literature and ethics
  • Contributes interdisciplinary perspectives to the study of epistemology  
  • Examines topics including realism, nostalgia, and narrative
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This collection of essays explores current thematic and aesthetic directions in fictional science narratives in different genres, predominantly novels, but also poetry, film, and drama. The ten case studies, covering a range of British and American texts from the late twentieth to the twenty-first centuries, reflect the diversity of representations of science in contemporary fiction, including psychopharmacology and neuropathology, quantum physics and mathematics, biotechnology, genetics, and chemical weaponry. This collection considers how texts engage with science and technology to explore relations between bodies and minds, how such connectivities shape conceptions and narrations of the human, and how the speculative view of science fiction features alongside realist engagements with the Victorian period and modernism. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, contributors offer new insights into narrative engagement with science and its place in life today, in times past, and in times to come.

About the authors

Nina Engelhardt is Assistant Professor at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. She is author of Modernism, Fiction and Mathematics (2018) and has co-edited several special issues, including “Doing Science: Texts, Patterns, Practices” (2017) and “Above. Degrees of Elevation” (2020). She has previously held research and teaching positions at the University of Edinburgh, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Edinburgh) and the University of Cologne.

Julia Hoydis is Assistant Professor at the University of Cologne, Germany. She is author of Tackling the Morality of History: Ethics and Storytelling in the Works of Amitav Ghosh (2011). Co-edited volumes and special issues include “21st Century Studies” (2015), “Doing Science: Texts, Patterns, Practices” (2017), and Teaching the Posthuman (2019). Her second monograph, Risk and the English Novel From Defoe to McEwan, is forthcoming (2019).


Reviews

“In this exciting new volume of critical essays on the forms, histories, and interventions of twenty-first-century fictions of science, the editors and contributors draw our attention to a growing and vibrant field. The range and accessibility of the work is to be applauded, and it is likely to inspire other scholars to further excavate the rich examinations of science offered by our contemporary literary traditions.” (Martin Willis, Professor of English Literature, Cardiff University, UK)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Connectivities Between Literature and Science in the Twenty-First Century

    Pages 1-17

    Engelhardt, Nina (et al.)

  • The Rise of Psychopharmacological Fiction

    Pages 19-35

    Roxburgh, Natalie

  • Neuropathologies: Cognition, Technology, and the Network Paradigm in Scott Bakker’s Neuropath and Dave Eggers’s The Circle

    Pages 37-53

    Greve, Julius

  • New Science, New Stories: Quantum Physics as a Narrative Trope in Contemporary Fiction

    Pages 55-74

    Dihal, Kanta

  • Digital Technologies and Concrete Poetry: Word, Algorithm, Body

    Pages 75-91

    Carbone, Paola

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19490-1
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19489-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Representations of Science in Twenty-First-Century Fiction
Book Subtitle
Human and Temporal Connectivities
Editors
  • Nina Engelhardt
  • Julia Hoydis
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19490-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19490-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19489-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 217
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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