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The Resource Uncertain chances : science, skepticism, and belief in nineteenth-century American literature, Maurice S. Lee

Uncertain chances : science, skepticism, and belief in nineteenth-century American literature, Maurice S. Lee

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Uncertain chances : science, skepticism, and belief in nineteenth-century American literature
Title
Uncertain chances
Title remainder
science, skepticism, and belief in nineteenth-century American literature
Statement of responsibility
Maurice S. Lee
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The role of chance changed in the nineteenth century, and American literature changed with it. Long dismissed as a nominal concept, chance was increasingly treated as a natural force to be managed but never mastered. New theories of chance sparked religious and philosophical controversies while revolutionizing the sciences as probabilistic methods spread from mathematics, economics, and sociology to physics and evolutionary biology. Chance also became more visible in everyday life, as Americans attempted to control its power through weather forecasting, insurance policies, military strategy, and financial dealings. Uncertain Chances shows how the rise of chance shaped the way nineteenth-century American writers confronted questions of doubt and belief. Poe's detective fiction critiques probabilistic methods; Melville's works struggle to vindicate moral action under conditions of chance; Douglass and other African American authors fight against statistical racism; Thoreau learns to appreciate the play between nature's randomness and order; and Dickinson works faithfully to render poetically the affective experience of chance--surprise. These and other nineteenth-century writers dramatize the inescapable dangers and wonderful possibilities of chance. Their writings even help to navigate extremes that remain with us today--fundamentalism and relativism, determinism and chaos, terrorism and risk-management, the rational confidence of the Enlightenment and the debilitating doubts of modernity."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lee, Maurice S
Dewey number
810.9/384
Index
index present
LC call number
PS217.C46
LC item number
L44 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Chance in literature
  • Probability in literature
  • Skepticism in literature
  • Belief and doubt in literature
  • Pragmatism in literature
  • Literature and science
  • Christianity and literature
  • United States
Label
Uncertain chances : science, skepticism, and belief in nineteenth-century American literature, Maurice S. Lee
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Probably Poe -- Moby-Dick and the opposite of providence -- Doubting if doubt itself be doubting: after Moby-Dick -- Douglass's long run -- Roughly Thoreau -- Dickinson's precarious steps, surprising leaps, and bounds -- Coda: Lost causes and the Civil War
Control code
700468415
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 239 pages
Isbn
9780199797578
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011002599
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)700468415
Label
Uncertain chances : science, skepticism, and belief in nineteenth-century American literature, Maurice S. Lee
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
Probably Poe -- Moby-Dick and the opposite of providence -- Doubting if doubt itself be doubting: after Moby-Dick -- Douglass's long run -- Roughly Thoreau -- Dickinson's precarious steps, surprising leaps, and bounds -- Coda: Lost causes and the Civil War
Control code
700468415
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 239 pages
Isbn
9780199797578
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011002599
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)700468415

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