Book ID: CBB001202295

Moral Authority, Men of Science, and the Victorian Novel (2013)


DeWitt, Anne (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: ix + 273 pp.; bibl.; index
Language: English

Nineteenth-century men of science aligned scientific practice with moral excellence as part of an endeavor to secure cultural authority for their discipline. Anne DeWitt examines how novelists from Elizabeth Gaskell to H. G. Wells responded to this alignment. Revising the widespread assumption that Victorian science and literature were part of one culture, she argues that the professionalization of science prompted novelists to deny that science offered widely accessible moral benefits. Instead, they represented the narrow aspirations of the professional as morally detrimental while they asserted that moral concerns were the novel's own domain of professional expertise. This book draws on works of natural theology, popular lectures, and debates from the pages of periodicals to delineate changes in the status of science and to show how both familiar and neglected works of Victorian fiction sought to redefine the relationship between science and the novel.

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Authors & Contributors
Page, Michael R.
Russell, Nicholas C.
Markley, Robert
Hou, Shen
Olivier-Mason, Joshua
Cheng, John
Public Understanding of Science
Victorian Literature and Culture
Journal of British Studies
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
British Journal for the History of Science
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
Pennsylvania State University Press
University of Toronto
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Science and literature
Science and culture
Professions and professionalization
Popular culture
Science fiction
Wells, Herbert George
Gaskell, Elizabeth
Darwin, Erasmus
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Darwin, Charles Robert
Verne, Jules
Great Britain
United States
London (England)
United Kingdom
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century
University of Pennsylvania
Lunar Society of Birmingham (England)

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