Under the Literary Microscope: Science and Society in the Contemporary Novel (Anthroposcene #7) (Hardcover)

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Under the Literary Microscope: Science and Society in the Contemporary Novel (Anthroposcene #7) (Hardcover)

By Sina Farzin (Editor), Susan M. Gaines (Editor), Roslynn D. Haynes (Editor)

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"Science in fiction," "geek novels," "lab-lit"--whatever one calls them, a new generation of science novels has opened a space in which the reading public can experience and think about the powers of science to illuminate nature as well as to generate and mitigate social change and risks. Under the Literary Microscope examines the implications of the discourse taking place in and around this creative space.

Exploring works by authors as disparate as Barbara Kingsolver, Richard Powers, Ian McEwan, Ann Patchett, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Crichton, these essays address the economization of scientific institutions; ethics, risk, and gender disparity in scientific work; the reshaping of old stereotypes of scientists; science in an evolving sci-fi genre; and reader reception and potential contributions of the novels to public understandings of science.

Under the Literary Microscope illuminates the new ways in which fiction has been grappling with scientific issues--from climate change and pandemics to artificial intelligence and genomics--and makes a valuable addition to both contemporary literature and science studies courses.

In addition to the editors, the contributors include Anna Auguscik, Jay Clayton, Carol Colatrella, Sonja F cker, Raymond Haynes, Luz Mar a Hern ndez Nieto, Emanuel Herold, Karin Hoepker, Anton Kirchhofer, Antje Kley, Natalie Roxburgh, Uwe Schimank, Sherryl Vint, and Peter Weingart.

Sina Farzin is Professor of Sociology at Bundeswehr University Munich. Her research focuses on social exclusion and the sociology of culture and literature. Susan M. Gaines is Writer in Residence and founder of the Fiction Meets Science Program at the University of Bremen. Her books include the novels Accidentals and Carbon Dreams. Roslynn D. Haynes is Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her most recent books are From Madman to Crime Fighter: The Scientist in Western Culture and Desert: Nature and Culture.
Product Details ISBN: 9780271089782
ISBN-10: 0271089784
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication Date: April 20th, 2021
Pages: 270
Language: English
Series: Anthroposcene