Repositioning Victorian Sciences: Shifting Centres in Nineteenth-century Scientific Thinking

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David Clifford
Anthem Press, 2006 - Science - 254 pages
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'Sciences' were named and formed with great speed in the nineteenth century. Yet what constitutes a 'true' science? The Victorian era facilitated the rise of practices such as phrenology and physiognomy, so-called sciences that lost their status and fell out of use rather swiftly. This collection of essays seeks to examine the marginalised sciences of the nineteenth century in an attempt to define the shifting centres of scientific thinking, specifically asking: how do some sciences emerge to occupy central ground and how do others become consigned to the margins? The essays in this collection explore the influence of nineteenth-century culture on the rise of these sciences, investigating the emergence of marginal sciences such as scriptural geology and spiritualism. 'Repositioning Victorian Sciences' is a valuable addition to our understanding of nineteenth-century science in its original context, and will also be of great interest to those studying the era as a whole.

 

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Contents

Ruskins Geology After 1860
17
Sea Serpents
31
Scientist and Sorceress
59
A Science for One or a Science for All? Physiognorny SelfIIelp
71
Lydia Becker and Victorian Womens
85
Fighting Dirty in the Pall Mall Gazette
95
The Mechanics Magazine and
107
IO HOW did the Conservation of Energy Become The Highest
119
CountryeHouse Centres
143
Models of Light as Catalytic Modes
157
Victorian Lunar Studies and the Anxiety
171
Freudian Psychoanalysis
183
Authority and SeXology
197
Popular Opposition to Laboratory
207
Notes
219
Select Bibliography
251

Scriptural Geology Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation
131

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About the author (2006)

David Clifford teaches English at Homerton College, Cambridge. His research interests focus on eighteenth -and nineteenth-century literature, history of science and scientific ideas. He is co-editor of a collection of essays also published by Anthem Press, 'Outsiders Looking In: The Rossettis, Then and Now' (2004).

Elisabeth Wadge is a professional writer and editor. Since completing her doctorate at the University of Cambridge on the influence of Victorian psychical research upon models of personality and narration, she has continued to supervise students for the English Tripos.

Alex Warwick is Head of the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Westminster. Her research interests are mainly in the field of late nineteenth-century studies and the Gothic.

Martin Willis is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glamorgan. His research interests lie in the intersections between nineteenth-century fiction and marginal sciences, in which area he has published widely.

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