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The Resource ThermoPoetics : energy in Victorian literature and science, Barri J. Gold

ThermoPoetics : energy in Victorian literature and science, Barri J. Gold

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ThermoPoetics : energy in Victorian literature and science
Title
ThermoPoetics
Title remainder
energy in Victorian literature and science
Statement of responsibility
Barri J. Gold
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In ThermoPoetics, Barri Gold sets out to show us how analogous, intertwined, and mutually productive poetry and physics may be. Charting the simultaneous emergence of the Jaws of thermodynamics in literature and in physics that began in the 1830s, Gold finds that not only can science influence literature, but literature can influence science, especially in the early stages of intellectual development. Nineteenth-century physics was often conducted in words. And, Gold claims, a poet could be a genius in thermodynamics and a novelist could be a damn good engineer." "Gold's lively readings of works by Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Herbert Spencer, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and others offer a decidedly literary introduction to such elements of thermodynamic thought as conservation and dissipation, the linguistic tension between force and energy, the quest for a grand unified theory, strategies for coping within an inexorably entropic universe, and the demonic potential of the thermodynamically savvy individual. Victorian literature embraced the language and ideas of energy physics to address the era's concerns about religion, evolution, race, class, empire, gender, and sexuality. Gold argues that these concerns, in turn, shaped the hopes and fears expressed about the new physics. With ThermoPoetics Gold not only offers us a new lens through which to view Victorian literature but also provides in-depth examples of the practical applications of such a lens. Thus Gold shows us that in In Memoriam, Tennyson expresses thermodynamic optimism with a vision of transformation after loss; in A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens produces order in spite of the universal drive to entropy. and in Bleak House he treats the novel itself as series of engines; and Wilde's Dorian Gray and Stoker's Dracula reveal the creative potential of chaos."--Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gold, Barri J.
Dewey number
820/.9/356
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR468.S34
LC item number
G65 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • Physics in literature
  • Literature and science
Label
ThermoPoetics : energy in Victorian literature and science, Barri J. Gold
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
The consolation of physics : discovery -- Introduction: That thing we do -- Tennyson's thermodynamic solution -- Energy and empire : applications -- Grand unified theories, or, who's got GUTs? -- The reign of force -- A far better rest : equilibrium and entropy in A tale of two cities -- The engine and the demon : transformations -- Bleak house : the novel as engine -- Bodies in heat : demons, women, and emergent order
Control code
324731254
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
x, 343 pages
Isbn
9780262013727
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009019766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)324731254
Label
ThermoPoetics : energy in Victorian literature and science, Barri J. Gold
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
The consolation of physics : discovery -- Introduction: That thing we do -- Tennyson's thermodynamic solution -- Energy and empire : applications -- Grand unified theories, or, who's got GUTs? -- The reign of force -- A far better rest : equilibrium and entropy in A tale of two cities -- The engine and the demon : transformations -- Bleak house : the novel as engine -- Bodies in heat : demons, women, and emergent order
Control code
324731254
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
x, 343 pages
Isbn
9780262013727
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009019766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)324731254

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