Literature, Science, Psychoanalysis, 1830-1970: Essays in Honour of Gillian Beer by Helen Small

Literature, Science, Psychoanalysis, 1830-1970: Essays in Honour of Gillian Beer

EditorHelen Small, Trudi Tate

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The interactions between literature and science and between literature and psychoanalysis have been among the most thriving areas for interdisciplinary study in recent years. Work in these 'open fields' has taught us to recognize the interdependence of different cultures of knowledge andexperience, revealing the multiple ways in which science, literature, and psychoanalysis have been mutually enabling and defining, as well as corrective and contestatory of each other. Inspired by Gillian Beer's path-breaking work on literature and science, this volume presents fourteen new essaysby leading American and British writers. They focus on the evolutionary sciences in the nineteeth-century; the early years of psychoanalysis, from Freud to Ella Freeman Sharpe; and the modern development of the physical sciences. Drawing on recent debates within the history of science,psychoanalytic literary criticism, intellectual history, and gender studies, the volume makes a major contribution to our understanding of the formation of knowledge. Among its recurrent themes are: curiosity and epistemology; 'growth', 'maturity', and 'coming of age' as structuring metaphors(several essays focus especially on childhood); taxonomy; sleep and dreaming and elusive knowledge; the physiology of truth; and the gender politics of scientific theory and practice. The essays also reflect Beer's extensive influence as a literary critic, with close readings of works by CharlotteBronte, Alfred Lord Tennyson, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Edith Ayrton Zangwill, Charlotte Haldane, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, and Karin Boye.

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Biographical Note on Gillian Beer: Dame Gillian Beer was born on 27 January 1935 in Bookham, Surrey, and was educated at St Anne's College, Oxford. On graduating she lectured at Bedford College, London, (1959-62) and Liverpool University (1962-4). A Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge, between 1965 and 1994, Gillian Beer began lect...
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Title:Literature, Science, Psychoanalysis, 1830-1970: Essays in Honour of Gillian BeerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:February 5, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Helen Small: Introduction1. Nigel Leask: Darwin's 'Second Sun': Alexander von Humboldt and the Genesis of The Voyage of the Beagle2. George Levine: 'And If It Be a Pretty Woman All the Better' - Darwin and Sexual Selection3. Harriet Ritvo: Ordering Creation, or Maybe Not4. Helen Small: Chances Are: Henry Buckle, Thomas Hardy, and the Individual at Risk5. Sally Shuttleworth: The Psychology of Childhood in Victorian Literature and Medicine6. Rachel Bowlby: A Freudian Curiosity7. Suzanne Raitt: Freud's Theory of Metaphor: Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Nineteenth-Century Science and Figurative Language8. Jacqueline Rose: On Not Being Able to Sleep9. Mary Jacobus: 'Brownie' Sharpe and the Stuff of Dreams10. Trudi Tate: On Not Knowing Why: Memorialising the Light Brigade11. Kate Flint: Sounds of the City: Virginia Woolf and Modern Noise12. Maroula Joannou: 'Chloe Liked Olivia': The Woman Scientist, Sex, and Suffrage13. Alison Winter: The Chemistry of Truth14. E. F. Keller: Coming of AgeIndex