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Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siecle Periodical Press



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In this revisionary study, Will Tattersdill argues against the reductive 'two cultures' model of intellectual discourse by exploring the cultural interactions between literature and science embodied in late nineteenth-century periodical literature, tracing the emergence of the new genre that would become known as 'science fiction'. He examines a range of fictional and non-fictional fin-de-siecle writing around distinct scientific themes: Martian communication, future prediction, X-rays, and polar exploration. Every chapter explores a major work of H. G. Wells, but also presents a wealth of exciting new material drawn from a variety of late Victorian periodicals. Arguing that the publications in which they appeared, as well as the stories themselves, played a crucial part in the development of science fiction, Tattersdill uses the form of the general interest magazine as a way of understanding the relationship between the arts and the sciences, and the creation of a new literary genre.

Product code: 9781107144651

ISBN 9781107144651
Dimensions H235xW160xS15
No. of pages 241
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
This fascinating study explores the ways in which fin-de-siecle periodicals portrayed science, both imaginatively and intellectually. It shows how general interest magazines and those who wrote for them, particularly H. G. Wells, contributed to the birth of a new genre: science fiction.