Article ID: CBB001021218

Science Surveys and Histories of Literature: Reflections on an Uneasy Kinship (2010)


Otis, Laura (Author)

Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Volume: 101
Pages: 570--577

Publication Date: 2010
Edition Details: Part of a focus section: “History of Science and Literature and Science: Convergences and Divergences”
Language: English

With their common focus on narrative, literary scholars and historians of science share a close relationship with language and can offer each other valuable interpretive insights. Particularly revealing in each field are scientists' and literary writers' changing uses of metaphor, which is critical to each kind of scholarship since both disciplines place such a high value on cultural context. Any cross-disciplinary help, however, needs to take into account the essential differences between the fields: contrasting views of what constitutes evidence and varying relationships with the past. Since both kinds of scholarship involve creating as well as analyzing narratives, each field has developed its own sense of pacing and significance, and their differing approaches to truth deserve respect.

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Authors & Contributors
Bucciantini, Massimo
Chemla, Karine Carole
Bruno, Giordano
Sondergard, Sidney L.
Sowell, Madison U.
Baldini Moscadi, Loretta
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
MHNH (Revista Internacional de Investigación sobre Magia y Astrología Antiguas)
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Geographische Revue: Zeitschrift für Literatur und Diskussion
Yale University Press
Kluwer Academic
Leuven University Press
Columbia University
Linguistic or semantic analysis
Communication of scientific ideas
Science and literature
Historical method
Rhetoric in scientific discourse
Metaphors; analogies
Keller, Evelyn Fox
Calvino, Italo
Bruno, Giordano
Galilei, Galileo
Time Periods
20th century
17th century
19th century
Early modern
Royal Society of London

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