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The Resource The earth on show : fossils and the poetics of popular science, 1802-1856, Ralph O'Connor

The earth on show : fossils and the poetics of popular science, 1802-1856, Ralph O'Connor

Label
The earth on show : fossils and the poetics of popular science, 1802-1856
Title
The earth on show
Title remainder
fossils and the poetics of popular science, 1802-1856
Statement of responsibility
Ralph O'Connor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Ralph O'Connor tracks the astonishing growth of geology's prestige in Briatin, exploring how a new geohistory far more alluring than the standard six days of Creation was assembled and sold to the wider Bible-reading public at the turn of the 19th century
  • "At the turn of the nineteenth century, geology - and its claims that the earth had a long and colorful prehuman history - was widely dismissed as dangerous nonsense. But just fifty years later, it was the most celebrated of Victorian sciences. Ralph O'Connor tracks the astonishing growth of geology's prestige in Britain, exploring how a new geohistory far more alluring than the standard six days of Creation was assembled and sold to the wider Bible-reading public." "Savvy science-writers, O'Connor shows, marketed spectacular visions of past worlds, piquing the public imagination with glimpses of man-eating mammoths, talking dinosaurs, and sea-dragons spawned by Satan himself. These authors - including men of science, women, clergymen, biblical literalists, hack writers, blackmailers, and prophets - borrowed freely from the Bible, modern poetry, and the urban entertainment industry, creating new forms of literature in order to transport their readers into a vanished and alien past." "In exploring the use of poetry and spectacle in the promotion of popular science, O'Connor proves that geology's success owed much to the literary techniques of its authors. An innovative blend of the history of science, literary criticism, book history, and visual culture, The Earth on Show rethinks the relationship between science and literature in the nineteenth century."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
O'Connor, Ralph
Dewey number
550.941/09034
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QE13.G7
LC item number
O35 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Geology
  • Geology
  • Geology in literature
  • Literature and science
  • Literature and history
  • Science
Label
The earth on show : fossils and the poetics of popular science, 1802-1856, Ralph O'Connor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 456-489) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Science as literature -- Enter the mammoth -- William Buckland : antiquary and wizard -- Lizards and literalists -- Lyell steps in -- Marketing geology -- Polite science and narrative form -- Time travel and virtual tourism in the age of John Martin -- Literary monsters -- Scenes and legends from deep time -- Hugh Miller and the geologic diorama -- Epilogue : New mythologies of the ancient earth
Control code
154309285
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xiii, 541 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780226616681
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007028061
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)154309285
Label
The earth on show : fossils and the poetics of popular science, 1802-1856, Ralph O'Connor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 456-489) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Science as literature -- Enter the mammoth -- William Buckland : antiquary and wizard -- Lizards and literalists -- Lyell steps in -- Marketing geology -- Polite science and narrative form -- Time travel and virtual tourism in the age of John Martin -- Literary monsters -- Scenes and legends from deep time -- Hugh Miller and the geologic diorama -- Epilogue : New mythologies of the ancient earth
Control code
154309285
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xiii, 541 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780226616681
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007028061
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)154309285

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