The New Science and Women's Literary Discourse: Prefiguring Frankenstein by Judy A. HaydenThe New Science and Women's Literary Discourse: Prefiguring Frankenstein by Judy A. Hayden

The New Science and Women's Literary Discourse: Prefiguring Frankenstein

byJudy A. Hayden, Judy A HaydenEditorJ. Hayden

Hardcover | March 29, 2011

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Afforded only limited access to the male-dominated sciences, many women writers nevertheless made significant contributions to intellectual culture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Women made advances in science and engaged with scientific ideas through various forms of literary discourse, both vitally important in the course of women’s history. Looking at poetry, fiction and non-fiction, diaries, and drama, this collection offers remarkable and fascinating examples of women writers who integrated scientific material in their literary narratives.

Judy A. Hayden is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Tampa. She is the author Of Love and War: The Political Voice in the Early Plays of Aphra Behn and her articles and essays have appeared in journals such as Studies in English, Papers on Language and Literature, English, Critical S...
Title:The New Science and Women's Literary Discourse: Prefiguring FrankensteinFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.03 inPublished:March 29, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230110290

ISBN - 13:9780230110298


Table of Contents

Introduction:  Women, Education, and the Margins of Science--Judy A. Hayden * Foreshadowing Frankenstein--Sarah Hutton * Lucy Hutchinson and the Lucretian Body: Dreams of Order and Disorder--Alvin Snider * Margaret Cavendish, Jan Baptiste van Helmont, and the Madness of the Womb--Jacqueline Broad * Dis/ability, Medicine, and Metaphysics in the Works of Lady Anne Conway--Holly Faith Nelson and Sharon Alker * Aphra Behn and the Scientific Self--Karen Bloom Gevirtz * Mary Astell and Cartesian “Scientia”--Deborah Boyle * “Will you never weary of these Whimsies?” Susanna Centlivre And the New Science--Judy A. Hayden * Discovering the Rhetoric of Science: Emilie Du Châtelet’s Dissertation sur la nature et propagation du feu--Judith P. Zinsser * Clockwork Character: Francis Burney’s Invented Persons and the Origins of Mechanical Life--Julie Park * Elizabeth Inchbald’s Animal Magnetism: A Critique of Medical Quackery and Exploitation of Women--Frederick L. Burwick * New Sciences and Female Madness: The Cases of Mary Lamb, Margaret Nicholson, and Sophia Lee’s Almeyda, Queen of Grenada--Marjean D. Purinton * ‘Embryo Systems and Unkindled Suns’: Anna Barbauld and Astronomy in the Eighteenth Century--Dometa Wiegand * Gender, Genre, and Cultural Analysis: Anne Grant on the Highlands--Pam Perkins 

Editorial Reviews

"The New Science and Women’s Literary Discourse: Prefiguring Frankenstein explores the multi-faceted engagement of women in the new science over the course of the long eighteenth century.  Eschewing often-rehearsed assumptions about women’s exclusion from advances in science, medicine, and technology, the insightful and wide-ranging essays collected here show how women at many levels of society adapted, critiqued, and popularized the contested ideas that animated the intellectual world in which they lived . . . This is an important collection that offers a substantial contribution to the growing conversation about women’s involvement in the world and worldviews of the new science."--Eve Keller, Professor of English, Fordham University and author of Generating Bodies and Gendered Selves: The Rhetoric of Reproduction in Early Modern England“Bringing together essays on a wide range of women writers who engaged with scientific knowledge and practice from the seventeenth century to the Romantic era, this volume nicely represents current scholarship on gender, literature, and science. The work of the women authors considered in these essays reminds us of the myriad ways that science, broadly construed, drew on and contributed to the wider culture, and especially the literary culture, in this period.”—Mary Terrall, Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles“Hayden’s interdisciplinary collection of essays provides a sorely-needed, wonderfully broad survey of women’s participation in the issues and techniques of natural philosophy in the long eighteenth century. Readers will find here rich discussions about science and literary representation from the Restoration to the Regency Highlands that help to reposition women within the scientific culture.”--Barbara M. Benedict, Charles A. Dana Chair of English, Trinity College