Encyclopedia of Literature and Science

Encyclopedia of Literature and Science

Encyclopedia of Literature and Science

Encyclopedia of Literature and Science

Synopsis

This reference defines the rapidly emerging interdisciplinary field of literature and science. An introductory essay traces the history of the field, its growing reputation, and the current state of research. Broad in scope, the volume covers world literature from its beginnings to the present day and illuminates the role of science in literature and literary studies. This volume includes over 650 A-Z entries on: topics and themes, significant writers and scientists, key works, and important theories and methodologies.

Excerpt

The mission of the Encyclopedia of Literature and Science is to introduce the emergent field of interdisciplinary literature and science (LS) studies to those just discovering it and provide a ready reference tool for those already working in a specific area of ls. We have intended this volume to be of most use to undergraduate college and university students and their instructors, especially those exploring together in the classroom some area of the interrelations of the humanities and sciences. We hope the Encyclopedia will also interest and serve the broad and diverse community of interdisciplinary scholars working within literary and language studies, the creative and performing arts, history, the social sciences, and computer science and engineering as well as historians of science and technology, health professionals, medical humanists and ethicists, and teaching and research scientists.

Although the Encyclopedia aims to represent the concerns of ls in as many manifestations as possible, the editor and editorial board acknowledge that it is impossible to refer to every topic, approach, or theme that has ever arisen within, or could be construed as relevant to, “literature and science” per se. the present volume contains over 650 entries, varying from 50 to 3,500 words in length. These entries provide introductory information about a wide range of topics, themes, writers, scientists, their works, theories, and methodologies. the entries order and allude to both major and minor, current and historical, classic and controversial areas, with a central goal of providing a starting point for further research, always keeping in mind that most readers will be new to the material in some way. the primary purpose of each entry is to define literary topics in terms of their scientific relations and the scientific topics in terms of the literary and/or to describe the topic’s general relation to interdisciplinary ls studies. For individual subject entries, only biographical information not readily available in standard discipline-specific and general reference sources and/or those

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