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The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science

1st Edition

Edited by Bruce Clarke, Manuela Rossini


550 pages

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With forty-four newly commissioned articles from an international cast of leading scholars, The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science traces the network of connections among literature, science, technology, mathematics, and medicine. Divided into three main sections, this volume:

  • links diverse literatures to scientific disciplines from Artificial Intelligence to Thermodynamics
  • surveys current theoretical and disciplinary approaches from Animal Studies to Semiotics
  • traces the history and culture of literature and science from Greece and Rome to Postmodernism.

Ranging from classical origins and modern revolutions to current developments in cultural science studies and the posthumanities, this indispensible volume offers a comprehensive resource for undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers.

With authoritative, accessible, and succinct treatments of the sciences in their literary dimensions and cultural frameworks, here is the essential guide to this vibrant area of study.


'This extraordinarily wide-ranging and well-organised series of essays will be invaluable to students and scholars alike who are interested in how scientific thinking and literary texts engage with fundamental ideas in common.' - Dame Gillian Beer, Professor of English Literature Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, UK

'Because the writing throughout is accessible to nonspecialists in both literature and science, the volume fulfills the editors' aim of offering a much-needed, comprehensive grounding in the field. Recommended.' - Choice

'A sustained attempt to resist demarcating disciplinary boundaries or limit available methodologies.' - British Society for Literature and Science

Table of Contents

Part One: Literatures and Sciences Introduction 1. AI and ALife - John Johnston 2. Alchemy - Mark S. Morrisson 3. Biology - Sabine Sielke 4. Chaos and Complexity Theory - Ira Livingston 5. Chemistry - Jay Labinger 6. Climate Science - Robert Markley 7. Cognitive Science - Joseph Tabbi 8. Cybernetics - Søren Brier 9. Ecology - Stacy Alaimo 10. Evolution - David Amigoni 11. Genetics - Judith Roof 12. Geology - Stephen A. Norwick 13. Information Theory - Philipp Schweighauser 14. Mathematics - Brain Rotman 15. Medicine - George Rousseau 16. Nanotechnology - Colin Milburn 17. Physics - Dirk Vanderbeke 18. Psychoanalysis - Arkady Plotnitsky 19. Systems Theory - Bruce Clarke 20. Thermodynamics - John Bruni Part Two: Disciplinary and Theoretical Approaches Introduction 21. Agricultural Studies - Susan Squier 22. Animal Studies - Richard Nash 23. Art Connections - Robert Pepperell 24. Cultural Science Studies - Maureen McNeil 25. Deconstruction - Vicky Kirby 26. E-Literature - Joseph Tabbi 27. Feminist Science Studies - Susan Squier and Melissa Littlefield 28. Game Studies - Ivan Callus and Gordon Calleja 29. History of Science - Henning Schmidgen 30. Media Studies - Mark B. N. Hansen 31. Philosophy of Science - Alfred Nordmann 32. Posthumanism - Neil Badmington 33. Science Fiction - Lisa Yaszek 34. Semiotics - Paul Cobley Part Three: Periods and Cultures Introduction 35. Greece and Rome - Emma Gee 36. Middle Ages and Early Renaissance - Arielle Saiber 37. Scientific "Revolution" I: Copernicus to Boyle - Alvin Snider 38. Scientific "Revolution" II: Newton to Laplace - Lucinda Cole 39. Romanticism - Noah Heringman 40. Industrialism - Virginia Richter 41. Russia - Kenneth Knoespel 42. Japan - Thomas Lamarre 43. Modernism - Hugh Crawford 44. Postmodernism - Stefan Herbrechter

About the Editors

Bruce Clarke is the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science at Texas Tech University, and a past president of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Manuela Rossini is Scientific Coordinator of the Graduate School of the Humanities at the University of Bern, and Executive Director of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Europe.

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Routledge Literature Companions

Field-defining volumes in new and exciting areas of literary studies. These volumes are ideal introductions for beginners, or handy volumes for those already working in the field: summarising current scholarship, whilst pushing the boundaries of emerging trends they are must-have collections.

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