Test Tube Envy: Science and Power in Argentine Narrative (Google eBook)

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Bucknell University Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 262 pages
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This text examines the strategies by which narrative shapes scientific discourse and through which popular science determines narrative form over 150 years of Argentine writing. Beginning with Domingo Sarmiento and the Generation of 1837 and continuing through authors such as Lucio Mansilla, Roberto Arlt, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar, and others. Test Tube Envy explores the construction and exercise of social power on and through scientific expression.
  

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Contents

Butting Heads Phrenology as Weapon in Facundo and Amalia
28
A Dandy New Scientist Lucio V Mansilla
55
Argentine Naturalisms Test Tube Anxiety
84
Test Tube Terror Science and Society in Roberto Arlt
97
Borgess Scientific Discipline
125
Cortázars Quantum Values
160
Test Tube Envy at the Turn of the Century Convergences and Divergences
189
Conclusion
217
Notes
226
Works Cited
240
Index
254
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Page 21 - Each society has its regime of truth, its "general politics" of truth: that is, the types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true; the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements, the means by which each is sanctioned...
Page 36 - PHRENOLOGY is no longer to be laughed at. It is no longer laughed at by men of common understanding. It has assumed the majesty of a science ; and, as a science, ranks among the most important which can engage the attention of thinking beings...

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J. Andrew Brown is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis.

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