Virginia Woolf and the Discourse of Science: The Aesthetics of Astronomy

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Februar 2003



Investigates how advances in astronomy in the early twentieth century had a shaping effect on Woolf's literature.


List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Introduction: formulating a global aesthetic; 1. Stars and nebulae in popular culture; 2. From Edwin Hubble's telescope to Virginia Woolf's 'searchlight'; 3. 'Solid objects in a solid universe': the globe and Woolf's deployment of multiple perspectives; 4. 'Talk about the riddle of the universe': traversing the discourses of science and art in The Waves; 5. From galactic expanses to earth: Woolf and Stapledon envision new worlds; 6. Woolf's global vision: Three Guineas and the politics of science; Bibliography; Index.


Holly Henry is Assistant Professor of English at the California State University, San Bernardino. Her research has appeared in publications in both the humanities and the sciences including contributions to Virginia Woolf in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction edited by Pamela Gaughie (2000) and Astronomy & Geophysics: The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society.


Review of the hardback: '... provides important new cultural and popular contexts in which to read Woolf'. Yearbook of English Studies Review of the paperback: 'This enthralling and well-researched book sets Virginia Woolf and her work in the context of popular imaginings of astronomy, relativity, politics and social justice during the first third of the twentieth century. A particular strength of Holly Henry's work is her thoroughgoing archival research into James Jeans's papers and papers concerned with Edwin Hubble.' Virginia Woolf Bulletin
EAN: 9780521812979
ISBN: 0521812976
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2003
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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