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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2015; 694509–538 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2015.69.4.509
Published: 01 March 2015
... cultural anxieties surrounding the laws of thermodynamics in the nineteenth century, the essay demonstrates how McTeague exemplifies an “apocalyptic posthumanism” with implications far more disruptive to human exceptionalism than those of traditional biological determinism. The essay also interprets social...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2007; 614479–506 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2007.61.4.479
Published: 01 March 2007
...Anne DeWitt This essay sets Thomas Hardy's novel Two on a Tower (1882) in the context of the astronomy and thermodynamics contemporary to it, focusing specifically on coverage of the transits of Venus in 1874 and 1882 and associated discussions of interstellar distance, as well as on the growing...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2012; 672204–233 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2012.67.2.204
Published: 01 September 2012
... California Press's Rights and Permissions website, at http://www.ucpress.edu/journals/rights.htm . 2012 George Eliot Middlemarch subjectivity in Eliot's novels sympathy in literature thermodynamics George Eliot s Fine Excess : Middlemarch, Energy, and the Afterlife of Feeling M ICHA E L...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2016; 704530–534 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2016.70.4.530
Published: 01 March 2016
.... Victorian Literature, Energy, and the Ecological Imagination analyzes the many stories told about how human beings produce and use energy in an era that saw the widespread use of fossil 530 nineteenth-century literature fuels and the discovery of thermodynamics. It provides a fascinating and much-needed...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2007; 622301–302 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2007.62.2.301
Published: 01 September 2007
... article related to this project, on The Education of Henry Adams and thermodynamics, is forthcoming in Common Knowledge. 301 D av i d G . R i e d e is Professor of English at the Ohio State Univer- sity. His most recent book is Allegories of One s Own Mind: Melancholy in Victorian Poetry (2005). E m m a S...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2005; 594543–547 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2005.59.4.543
Published: 01 March 2005
... contemporary meditations on chaos the- ory and thermodynamics. Chapters 5 and 7 have a similarly vertiginous focus. In chapter 5, Concealed Circuits: Frankenstein s Monster, Replicants, and Cy- borgs, Clayton uses a prolepsis of gender and monstrosity to link Mary Shelley, Ridley Scott s 1982 film...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2000; 55122–58 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2903056
Published: 01 June 2000
... STEVENSON S CORPUS 35 forces" characteristic of the period, the presence of machines in fiction indicates that "life in the text of the modern is a nearly thermodynamic process; plot is, most aptly, a steam engine."25 In The Wrong Box the "engine" that moves the comic plot for- ward is, in fact, a steam...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1997; 523394–412 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2934007
Published: 01 December 1997
...- anistic physics, notably the rules governing the conservation and release of energy. Later chapters situate the poet's fascination with prosodic stress in the wide-ranging midcentury scientific debates about thermodynamics and applied mechanics conducted byJames Clerk Maxwell, W.J.M. Rankine, and William...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1993; 482212–239 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2933891
Published: 01 September 1993
... (pp. 72-76). And of course we now know that the earth and sun will not run out of heat thirty million years hence (p. 85), as Kelvin's second law of thermodynamics (1868) predicted and as most scien- tists of the time-with the important exception of Darwin- came to believe.30 We can take this point...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1986; 411100–108 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/3045058
Published: 01 June 1986
... the leading form of "eros" in the nineteenth-century novel; he then extends what he calls the "thermodynamic" model of such psychic energy, developed implicitly or explicitly in these fictions by analogy with steam engines and other industrial motors, into the "energetics" of Freud's thought, where...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1986; 404503–504 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/3044742
Published: 01 March 1986
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1976; 304457–476 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2933555
Published: 01 March 1976
... civilized Dutch so- ciety that he creates for "Sebastian van Storck" is intriguing. It was a society that he could not openly criticize. Indeed, he did a good deal to make it appealing. He worked out the contrast between the society and Sebastian in terms of color imagery and thermodynamic imagery favorable...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1972; 271115–123 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2933045
Published: 01 June 1972
... and to relating it to the philosophy of Herbert Spencer and to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. He concludes pru- dently with the observation that the "matter of Life and the Second Law is not free from ambiguity." A. E. Dyson offers a winning ap- preciation of "What Maisie Knew" and claims for the...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1960; 153239–248 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2932461
Published: 01 December 1960
... Fiction with some inexorable second law of thermodynamics, is down- down to final exhaustion; just as the vampiristic relationships among the various victims and predators in the novel seem in the end to lead down. However, James is saying here, though with psychological realism and insight and complexity...