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Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media

1st Edition

By Louise Henson, Geoffrey Cantor, Gowan Dawson, Richard Noakes, Sally Shuttleworth, Jonathan R. Topham


328 pages

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Written by literary scholars, historians of science, and cultural historians, the twenty-two original essays in this collection explore the intriguing and multifaceted interrelationships between science and culture through the periodical press in nineteenth-century Britain. Ranging across the spectrum of periodical titles, the six sections comprise: 'Women, Children, and Gender', 'Religious Audiences', 'Naturalizing the Supernatural', 'Contesting New Technologies', 'Professionalization and Journalism', and 'Evolution, Psychology, and Culture'. The essays offer some of the first 'samplings and soundings' from the emergent and richly interdisciplinary field of scholarship on the relations between science and the nineteenth-century media.


'…any (members) with an interest in nineteenth-century print culture will find something to enjoy in this volume.' SHARP News

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Geoffrey Cantor, Gowan Dawson, Richard Noakes,Sally Shuttleworth, and Jonathan R. Topham; Women, Children and Gender: Green-stocking or blue? Science in three women's magazines, 1800-50, Ann B. Shteir; The 'empty-headed beauty' and the 'sweet girl graduate': women's science education in Punch, 1860-90, Suzanne Le-May Sheffield; Making socialists or murdering to dissect? Natural history and child socialization in the Labour Prophet and Labour Leader, Caroline Sumpter; Religious Audiences: The periodical as barometer: spiritual measurement and the Evangelical Magazine, Sujit Sivasundaram; Periodicals and the making of reading audiences for science in early 19th-century Britain: the Youth's Magazine, 1828-37, Jonathan R. Topham; Periodicals and book series: complementary aspects of a publisher's mission, Aileen Fyfe; Friends of science? The role of science in Quaker periodicals, Geoffrey Cantor; Naturalizing the Supernatural: Almanacs and the profits of natural knowledge, Katharine Anderson; 'In the natural course of physical things': ghosts and science in Charles Dickens' All the Year Round, Louise Henson; W.T. Stead's occult economies, Roger Luckhurst; Contesting New Technologies: Science, industry, and nationalism in the Dublin Penny Journal, Elizabeth Tilley; Representing 'A century of inventions': 19th-century technology and Victorian Punch, Richard Noakes; The view from the hills: environment and technology in Victorian periodicals, Harriet Ritvo; 'I never will have the electric light in my house': Alice Gordon and the gendered periodical representation of a contentious new technology, Graeme J.N. Gooday; Professionalization and Journalism: The making of an editor: the case of William Crookes, William H. Brock; Knowlege confronts Nature: Richard Proctor and popular science periodicals, Bernard Lightman; 'Within the bounds of science': redirecting controversies to Nature, Peter C. Kjoergaard; Scientific authority and scientific contro

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The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series,  the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global.  Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies.  The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies. 

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LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature