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ISBN 9780415509596
Published April 11, 2012 by Routledge
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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.

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

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Editor(s)

Biography

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.

Reviews

'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