British Literature and Science: Critical Works

General: Interactions between Literature and Science Across Periods

Aldridge, Alexandra, The Scientific World View in Dystopia (Ann Arbor: UMI, 1984)

Amrine, Frank ed., Literature and Science as Modes of Expression, Boston Studies in the
Philosophy of Science (Dordrecht and London: Kluwer, 1989)

Barnie, John, No Hiding Place: Essays on the New Nature and Poetry (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1996)

Biswas, Anil Ranjan, The Poetic Experience of Science (Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 2001)

Bök, Christian, ’Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2001)

Brown, Kurt, The Measured Word: On Poetry and Science (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001)

Buchanan, Scott Milross, Poetry and Mathematics (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1962)

Carter, Steven, Bearing Across: Studies in Literature and Science (San Francisco and London: International Scholars’ Publications, 1998)

Cartwright, John H., Literature and Science: Social Impact and Interaction (Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2005)

Christie, John and Sally Shuttleworth eds., Nature Transfigured: Science and Literature 1700-1900 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1989)

Demastes, William, Theatre of Chaos: Beyond Absurdism, into Orderly Disorder (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Erickson, Robert A., The Language of the Heart, 1600-1750 (Philadelphia: University of
Pennsylvania Press, 1997)

Foster, John Wilson, Nature in Ireland: A Scientific and Cultural History (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1997)

Haynes, Roslynn, From Faust to Strangelove: Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1994)

Hogan, Patrick Colm, Cognitive Science, Literature and the Arts: A Guide for Humanists (New York and London: Routledge, 2003)

Foucault, Michel, The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences, trans. from the French (London: Routledge, 1970)

Jordanova, Ludmilla ed., Languages of Nature: Critical Essays on Science and Literature (London: Free Association, 1986)

Kock, Walter A., The Biology of Literature (Bochum: Brockmeyer, 1993)

Kreuz, Robert J. and Mary Sue MacNealey eds., Empirical Approaches to Literature and Aesthetics (Norwood: Ablex, 1996)

Levine, George ed., Realism and Representation: Essays on the Problem of Realism in Relation to Science, Literature, and Culture (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993)

Livingston, Ira, Between Literature and Science: An Introduction to Autopoetics (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005)

Livingston, Paisley, Literature and Rationality: Ideas of Agency in Theory and Fiction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Livingston, Paisley, Literary Knowledge: Humanistic Inquiry and the Philosophy of Science (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988)

McCarthy, John A., Remapping Reality: Chaos and Creativity in Science and Literature (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006)

Maxwell, Donald R., Science or Literature?: The Divergent Cultures of Discovery and Creation (New York: Lang, 2001)

Peterfreund, Stephen ed., Literature and Science: Theory and Practice (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1990)

Plotnitsky, Arkady, The Knowable and the Unknowable: Modern Science, Nonclassical Thought, and the “Two Cultures” (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002)

Prickett, Stephen, Narrative, Religion, and Science: Fundamentalism versus Irony, 1700-1999 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Safir, Margery Arent ed., Melancholies of Knowledge: Literature in the Age of Science (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998)

Shaffer, Elinor S. ed., The Third Culture: Literature and Science (Berlin and New York: Gruyter, 1998)

Shepherd-Barr, Kirsten, Science on Stage: From Doctor Faustus to Copehagen (Princeton and Woodstock: Princeton University Press, 2006)

Slade, Joseph W. and Judith Yaross Lee eds., Beyond the Two Cultures: Essays on Science, Technology and Literature (Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1990)

Small, Helen and Trudi Tate eds., Literature, Science, Psycholanalysis, 1830-1970: Essays in Honour of Gillian Beer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)

Spooner, David, The Metaphysics of Insect Life, and Other Essays (San Francisco: International Scholars’ Publications, 1995)

Storey, Robert F., Mimesis and the Human Animal: On the Biogenetic Foundations of Literary Representation (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1996)

Van Dover, J. Kenneth, You Know My Method: The Science of the Detective (Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Press, 1994)

Walker, Noojin, The Twain Meet: The Physical Sciences and Poetry (New York: Lang, 1999)

Wilson, David L. and Zach Bowen, Science and Literature: Bridging the Two Cultures (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001)

Twentieth-Century and Twenty-First-Century Literature and Science

Albright, Daniel, Quantum Poetics: Yeats, Pound, Eliot and the Science of Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Bormann, Daniel Candel, The Articulation of Science in the Neo-Victorian Novel: A Poetics (and Two Case Studies) (Bern and New York: Lang, 2002)

Cordle, Daniel, Postmodern Postures: Literature, Science, and the Two Cultures Debate (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999)

Crawford, Robert ed., Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Deery, June, Aldous Huxley and the Mysticism of Science (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996)

Ender, Evelyn, Architexts of Memory: Literature, Science, and Autobiography (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005)

Friedman, Alan J., Einstein: As Myth and Muse (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985)

Hass, Robert Bernard, Going by Contraries: Robert Frost’s Conflict with Science (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2002)

Hawkins, Harriet, Strange Attractors: Literature, Culture, and Chaos Theory (New York and London: Prentice Hall, 1995)

Hayles, N. Katherine ed., Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1991)

Hayles, N. Katherine, The Cosmic Web: Scientific Field Models and Literary Strategies in the Twentieth Century (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1984)

Heise, Ursula K., Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Hye, Allen E., The Moral Dilemma of the Scientist in Modern Drama: The Inmost Force (Lampeter: Edwin Mellen, 1996)

Ingersoll, Earl G., Representations of Science and Technology in British Literature Since 1880 (New York: Lang, 1992)

Ivasheva, Valentina, On the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century: The Technological Revolution and Literature (Moscow: Progress, 1978)

Korg, Jacob, Ritual and Experiment in Modern Poetry (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995)

Kuberski, Philip, Chaosmos: Literature, Science, and Theory (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994)

Meyer, Stephen, Irresistable Dictation: Gertrude Stein and the Correlations of Writing and Science (Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2001)

Nadeau, Robert, Readings from the New Book on Nature: Physics and Metaphysics in the Modern Novel (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1981)

Paulson, William R., The Noise of Culture: Literary Texts in a World of Information (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988)

Rice, Thomas Jackson, Joyce, Chaos, and Complexity (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997)

Rossbacher, Brigitte, Illusions of Progress: Christa Wolf and the Critique of Science in GDR Woman’s Literature (New York and Oxford: Lang, 2000)

Schleifer, Robert, Modernism and Time: The Logic of Abundance in Literature, Science, and Culture, 1880-1930 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Thiher, Alan, Fiction Refracts Science: Modernist Writers from Proust to Borges (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2005)

Thiher, Alan, Fiction Rivals Science: The French Novel from Balzac to Proust (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2001)

Wallace, Jeff, D.H. Lawrence, Science, and the Posthuman (Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Whitworth, Michael H., Einstein’s Wake: Relativity, Metaphor, and Modernist Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Victorian Literature and Science

Beer, Gillian, Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction, 2nd rev edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Beer, Gillian, Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter, 2nd edn (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999)

Bulhof, Ilse N., The Language of Science: A Study of the Relationship between Literature and Science in the Perspective of a Hermeneutical Ontology: with a Case Study of Darwin’s Origin of Species (Leiden: Brill, 1992)

Carroll, Joseph, Evolution and Literary Theory (Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 1995)

Carroll, Patrick, Science, Culture, and Modern State Formation (Berkeley, LA and London: University of California Press, 2006)

Chapple, J.A.V., Science and Literature in the Nineteenth Century (London: Macmillan, 1986)

Cosslett, Tess, The ‘Scientific Movement’ and Victorian Literature (Brighton: Harvester, 1982)

Eagleton, Terry, Scholars and Rebels in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999)

Evans, Arthur B, Jules Verne Rediscovered: Didacticism and the Scientific Novel (New York and London: Greenwood, 1988)

Ferguson, Christine, Language, Science, and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle: The Brutal Tongue (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006)

Frank, Lawrence, Victorian Detective Fiction and the Nature of Evidence: The Scientific Investigations of Poe, Dickens, and Doyle (Houndmills and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

Glendening, John, The Evolutionary Imagination in Late-Victorian Novels: An Entangled Bank (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)

Gottschall, Jonathan and David Sloan Wilson eds., The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2005)

Harper, Lila Marz, Solitary Travelers: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Travel Narratives and the Scientific Vocation (London: Associated University Presses, 2001)

Hopkins, Lisa, Giants of the Past: Popular Fictions and the Idea of Evolution (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2004)

Hunter, Allan, Joseph Conrad and the Ethics of Darwinism: The Challenges of Science (London: Croom Helm, 1983)

Hurley, Kelly, The Gothic Body: Sexuality, Materialism, and Degeneration at the Fin de Siècle (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Jenkins, Alice, Space and the “March of Mind”: Literature and the Physical Sciences in Britain, 1815-1850 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

Krasner, James, The Entangled Eye: Visual Perception and the Representation of Nature in Post-Darwinian Narrative (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992)

Levine, George, Darwin and the Novelists: Patterns of Science in Victorian Fiction, rev edn (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991)

Levine, George, Dying to Know: Scientific Epistemology and Narrative in Victorian England (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2002)

Levine, George, One Culture: Essays in Science and Literature (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987)

Merill, Lynn L., The Romance of Victorian Natural History (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989)

Morton, Peter, The Vital Science: Biology and the Literary Imagination, 1860-1900 (London: Allen & Unwin, 1984)

Murphy, Patrician, In Science’s Shadow: Literary Constructions of Late Victorian Women (Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 2006)

Otis, Laura ed., Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Otis, Laura, Membranes: Metaphors of Invasion in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Science, and Politics (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1999)

Paradis, James and Thomas Postlewait eds., Victorian Science and Victorian Values: Literary Perspectives (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1985)

Patten, Eve, ‘Ireland’s “Two Cultures” Debate: Victorian Science and the Literary Revival’, Irish University Review, 33 (2003), 1-13

Paxton, Nancy L., George Eliot and Herbert Spencer: Feminism, Evolutionism, and the Reconstruction of Gender (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 1991)

Pettit, Claire, Patent Inventions: Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Rauch, Alan, Useful Knowledge: The Victorians, Morality, and the March of Intellect (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2001)

Reid, Julia, Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin-de-Siècle (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Shuttleworth, Sally, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Science: The Make-Believe of a Beginning (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984)

Smith, Andrew, Victorian Demons: Medicine, Masculinity, and the Gothic at the Fin-de-Siècle (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004)

Smith, Jonathan, Fact and Feeling: Baconian Science and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination (Madison and London: University of Wisconsin Press, 1994)

Smith, Richard Dean, Melville’s Science: “Devilish Tantalization of the Gods!” (New York and London: Garland, 1993)

Stitt, Megan Perigoe, Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth-Century Fiction: Scott, Gaskell, and Kingsley (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998)

Swirski, Peter, Between Literature and Science: Poe, Lem, and Explorations in Aesthetics, Cognitive Science, and Literary Knowledge (Montreal and London: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000; repr. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2000)

Wallace, Jeff and David Amigoni eds., Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995)

Willis, Martin, Mesmerists, Monsters, and Machines: Science Fiction and the Cultures of Science in the Nineteenth Century (Kent: Kent State University Press, 2006)

Willis, Martin, David Clifford, Elisabeth Wadge, and Alex Warwick eds., Repositioning Victorian Sciences: Shifting Centres in Nineteenth-Century Scientific Thinking (London: Anthem, 2006)

Willis, Martin and Catherine Wynne eds, Victorian Literary Mesmerism (Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2006)

Zaniello, Tom, Hopkins in the Age of Darwin (Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 1988)

Romantic Literature and Science

Ault, Donald D., Visionary Physics: Blake’s Response to Newton (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1974)

Bann, Stephen ed., Frankenstein: Creation and Monstrosity (London: Reaktion Books, 1994)

Barnes, Margaret, Twentieth-Century Wordsworth: A Study of Twentieth-Century Ideas in Wordsworth’s Philosophy (London: Janus, 1996)

Beer, Gavin de, The Sciences were Never at War (London: Nelson, 1960)

Cantor, Geoffrey and Sally Shuttleworth, Science Serialized: Representations of the Sciences in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals (Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press, 2004)

Cunningham, Andrew and Nicholas Jardine, Romanticism and the Sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

Eichner, Hans, ‘The Rise of Modern Science and the Genesis of Romanticism’, PMLA, 97 (1982), 8-30

Fulford, Tim, Debbie Lee and Peter J. Kitson, Literature, Science and Exploration in the Romantic Era: Bodies of Knowledge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Fulford, Tim ed., Romanticism and Science, 1773-1833 (London: Routledge, 2002)

Heringman, Noah ed., Romantic Science: The Literary Forms of Natural History (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003)

King-Hele, Desmond George, Erasmus Darwin and the Romantic Poets (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1986)

Kipp, Julie, Romanticism, Maternity, and the Body Politic, Cambridge Studies in Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Lussier, Mark, Romantic Dynamics: The Poetics of Physicality (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000)

Richards, Robert J., The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2003)

Richardson, Alan, British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind, Cambridge Studies in Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Roe, Nicholas ed., Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)

Ruston, Sharon, Shelley and Vitality (Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Simpson, Michael, ‘Strange Fits of Parallax: Wordsworth’s Geometric Excursions’, Wordsworth Circle, (2003), 19-24

Thomas, W.K. and Warren U. Ober, A Mind For Ever Voyaging: Wordsworth at Work Portraying Newton and Science (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1989)

Underwood, T.L., The Work of the Sun: Literature, Science and Political Economy, 1760-1860 (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Vasbinder, Samuel Holmes, Scientific Attitudes in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Ann Arbor, 1984)

Wiley, Michael, Romantic Geography: William Wordsworth and Anglo-European Spaces (Basingstoke and London: Macmillan, 1998)

Wilson, Eric, The Spiritual History of Ice: Romanticism, Science, and the Imagination (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

Wylie, Ian, Young Coleridge and the Philosophers of Nature (Oxford: Clarendon, 1989)

Wyatt, John, Wordsworth and the Geologists (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Eighteenth-Century Literature and Science

Arthos, John, The Language of Natural Description in Eighteenth-Century Poetry (London: Cass, 1966)

Backscheider, Paula R., Probability, Time, and Space in Eighteenth-Century Literature (New York: AMS, 1979)

Bergstrom, Carson, The Rise of the New Science: Epistemological, Linguistic, and Ethical Ideals and the Lyric Genre in the Eighteenth Century (Lampeter: Edwin Mellen, 2002)

Craven, Kenneth, Jonathan Swift and the Millenium of Madness: The Information Age in Swift’s A Tale of a Tub (Leiden and New York: Brill, 1992)

Frängsmyr, Tore, J.L. Heilbron and Robin E. Rider, eds., The Quantifying Spirit in the Eighteenth Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990)

Houston, R.A., Madness and Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Leitz, Robert C., Imagining the Sciences: Expressions of New Knowledge in the “Long” Eighteenth Century (New York: AMS Press, 2004)

Loveland, Jeff, Rhetoric and Natural History: Buffon in Polemical and Literary Context (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2001)

Mullan, John, Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988)

Van Sant, Ann Jessie, Eighteenth-Century Sensibility and the Novel: The Senses in Social Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

Seventeenth-Century and Renaissance Literature and Science

Albanese, Denise, New Science, New World (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1996)

Allen, Don Cameron, The Legend of Noah: Renaissance Rationalism in Art, Science and Letters (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1949)

Altegoer, Diana B., Reckoning Words: Baconian Science and the Construction of Truth in English Renaissance Culture (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000)

Barber, Claire, Shakespeare and Cyberspace (Brighton: University of Sussex, 2003)

Bono, James J., The Word of God and the Languages of Man: Interpreting Nature in Early Modern Science and Medicine (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995)

Duran, Angelica, The Age of Milton and the Scientific Revolution (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2007)

Edwards, Jess, Writing, Geometry, and Space in Seventeenth-Century England and America (London: Routledge, 2006)

Edwards, Karen L., Milton and the Natural World: Science and Poetry in Paradise Lost (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

Fletcher, Angus, Time, Space and Motion in the Age of Shakespeare (Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 2007)

Gillies, John, Shakespeare and the Geography of Difference (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,

Grant, Patrick, Literature and the Discovery of Method in the English Renaissance (London: Macmillan, 1985)

Jowitt, Claire and Diane Watt, The Arts of Seventeenth-Century Science: Representations of the Natural World in European and North American Culture (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002)

Kristeller, Paul Oaskar, Renaissance Thought and its Sources (New York: Columbia University Press, 1979)

Lacroix, Paul, Science and Literature in the Middle Ages and at the Period of the Renaissance (London: Bickers and Son, 1878)

Marchitello, Howard, Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England: Browne’s Skull and Other Histories (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Pumfrey, Stephen, Paulo L. Rossi and Maurice Slawinski eds., Science, Culture, and Popular Belief in Renaissance Europe (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991)

Spiller, Elizabeth, Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature: The Art of Making Knowledge, 1580-1670 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Turner, Frederick, Natural Classicism: Essays on Literature and Science (New York: Paragon House Publishers, 1985)