Literature and Science Bibliography

The Research Centre for Literature, Arts, and Science is in the process of compiling an extensive bibliography of primary and critical texts, which interrogate cultural interactions with science, from the early modern period onwards. We hope this will be a useful resource for scholars.

In the not-too-distant future, RCLAS hopes to establish a Literature and Science Reading Room at the University of Glamorgan. The Reading Room will stock key texts from the bibliography, as well as an almost unbroken collection of the first one hundred years’ worth of Reports of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Scholars will be able to visit the Reading Room to consult these texts, by appointment. A catalogue of stocked texts willl be placed on the website in the near future. Please contact RCLAS’s research fellow, Dr. Rachel Hewitt, for further information.

You can access the whole Bibliography here. Alternatively, the Bibliography has been divided into themes and periods. You can access these individual categories by clicking on the links below. At a later date, a searchable database of texts about literature and science will be created.

Primary Texts

British Literature and Science: Primary Texts of Interest

American Literature and Science: Primary Texts of Interest

Science Fiction: Primary Texts of Interest

Critical Works divided by Period

British Literature and Science: Critical Works: This is divided into the following periods: General (ie. cross-period); Twentieth-Century and Twenty-First-Century Literature and Science; Victorian Literature and Science; Romantic Literature and Science; Eighteenth Century Literature and Science; Seventeenth Century and Renaissance Literature and Science.

American Literature and Science: Critical Works: This is divided into the following periods: General; Twentieth-Century and Twenty-First-Century Literature and Science; Victorian Literature and Science; Romantic Literature and Science; Eighteenth Century Literature and Science; Seventeenth Century and Renaissance Literature and Science.

European Literature and Science: Critical Works

Works of Criticism, History and Interpretation – Divided by Theme

Science Fiction: History and Interpretation

Popular Science: Key Texts

Histories of Science

Geography and Literature

Medicine and Literature

Biology and Literature

Physics and Literature

Technology and Literature

Mathematics and Literature

Chemistry and Literature

Science and Poetry: Theory

Evolution and Literature

The Bibliography will be updated continuously, with more themes and titles being added all the time, so keep an eye on this space! If you have any suggestions for books to be added to the bibliography, or that you’d like to see stocked in RCLAS’s Literature and Science Reading Room, please contact Dr. Rachel Hewitt, who would be delighted to hear from you!