Thesis ID: CBB377971334

Popular Science and Modernist Poetry (2019)


Green, Elspeth (Author)
Kotin, Joshua (Advisor)

Princeton University
Kotin, Joshua
Publication date: 2019
Language: English

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 173 pp.

Popular Science and Modernist Poetry studies the influence of popular science on modernist poetry and conceptions of literary value. It takes I.A. Richards’s Science and Poetry as its primary object, using the 1926 book—which was published in two popular science series and reviewed in The Dial, at editor Marianne Moore’s request, by T.S. Eliot—to examine the surprising connections between popular science and modernist poetry and criticism. I include chapters on each of these writers, using archival material to better understand the sources of their scientific knowledge. I argue that popular science writers, in response to increasing difficulty and specialization, sought to explicate their subjects by way of metaphor; in doing so, they fashioned a version of science that was as capacious and interdisciplinary any “encyclopedic” modernist text. Metaphor became, to Richards, a “transaction between contexts,” as he, Moore, and Eliot sought to defend the value of poetry in an increasingly scientific world.

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Authors & Contributors
Andersen, Casper
Cliver, Gwyneth E.
Gray, Jeremy
Hjermitslev, Hans Henrik
Mergoupi-Savaidou, Eirini
Middleton, Peter
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Indiana University
New York University
Bloomsbury Academic
Oxford University Press
Princeton University Press
University of Chicago Press
Science and literature
Poetry and poetics
Literary analysis
Public understanding of science
Broch, Hermann
Alighieri, Dante
Dedekind, Richard
Dirac, Paul Adrien Maurice
Eddington, Arthur Stanley
Frost, Robert
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
20th century
Early modern
17th century
Great Britain
United States
Royal Society of London

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