The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century

Authors: Larsen, Kristine

  • Only work focused specifically on women writers in geology and the "familiar format"
  • Includes women in England and America - providing the reader with unique viewpoint by considering how the scientific, religious, and educational politics present in these two nations affected the works under consideration
  • Interdisciplinary focus allows reader to understand how the authors and works under consideration were situated in their greater historical and scientific context
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About this book

The female authors highlighted in this monograph represent a special breed of science writer, women who not only synthesized the science of their day (often drawing upon their own direct experience in the laboratory, field, classroom, and/or public lecture hall), but used their works to simultaneously educate, entertain, and, in many cases, evangelize. Women played a central role in the popularization of science in the 19th century, as penning such works (written for an audience of other women and children) was considered proper "women's work." Many of these writers excelled in a particular literary technique known as the "familiar format," in which science is described in the form of a conversation between characters, especially women and children. However, the biological sciences were considered more “feminine” than the natural sciences (such as astronomy and physics), hence the number of geological “conversations” was limited. This, in turn, makes the few that were completed all the more crucial to analyze.

About the authors

Dr. Kristine Larsen is a Professor in the Geological Sciences Department at Central Connecticut State University, where she has been a faculty member since 1989. Her research and teaching are interdisciplinary in scope and audience, focusing not only on such standard disciplinary topics as astrophysics and general earth science, but issues of science and society and science pedagogy. In particular, two of her main areas of interest are women in the history of science and the impact of science on popular culture (especially the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien). In addition to her standard teaching duties within the department, she has also developed and taught courses for the First Year Experience program, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and the University Honors Program (for which she served as Director for a decade). She is also the Faculty Coordinator for the Copernican Observatory and Planetarium, through which she engages in a variety of public outreach programs. She has been recognized for her dedication to excellence in outreach and teaching through the CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award, Connecticut Science Center's Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award, and Walter Scott Houston award of the North East Region of the Astronomical League, among other honors. She is currently an Assistant Editor for the Astronomical League’s Reflector magazine and serves on the editorial board for Waymeet for Tolkien Teachers Digital Journal and the Journal of Tolkien Research. She is the author of Stephen Hawking: A Biography (which has been translated into four other languages) and Cosmology 101, and  co-editor of The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman (Recipient of the Gold Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Florida Publishing Association Award) and The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who. She has contributed chapters to thirty edited volumes and published 50 journal articles, in addition to over 150 other publications.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Status of the Geological Sciences Circa 1800

    Larsen, Kristine

    Pages 1-25

  • The Popularization of Science

    Larsen, Kristine

    Pages 27-49

  • Jane Haldimand Marcet (1769–1858): The Queen of the Familiar Format

    Larsen, Kristine

    Pages 51-69

  • Maria Hack (1777–1844): Contrivance and Conversation

    Larsen, Kristine

    Pages 71-87

  • Jane Kilby Welsh (1783–1853): Faith and Family

    Larsen, Kristine

    Pages 89-106

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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-64951-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64952-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64952-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64951-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 216
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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