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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Contemporary Fiction and Science from Amis to McEwan

The Third Culture Novel

Authors: Holland, Rachel

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  • Studies work from a wide variety of well-known contemporary writers, from Ian McEwan to Margaret Atwood
  • Argues that a new literary subgenre of the 'third culture novel' is emerging
  • Reveals that a shift has taken place in the relations between science and the humanities 
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This book identifies, in contemporary fiction, a new type of novel at the interface of science and the humanities, working from the premise that a shift has taken place in the relations between the two cultures in the last two or three decades. As popular science comes to assume an ever greater cultural significance, contemporary authors are engaging in new ways with ideas that it disseminates. A new literary phenomenon is emerging, in which the focus on language-based theories of the self and the world that has been predominant in the latter half of the previous century is making way for a renewed commitment to the material facts, both of human existence and the universe beyond subjectivity. The book analyses the work of Martin Amis, William Boyd, David Lodge, Richard Powers, Michel Houellebecq, Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, and Ian McEwan, revealing the ways in which these ‘third culture novels’ negotiate the relationship between literature and science.

About the authors

Rachel Holland is Associate Lecturer in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, UK.

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“Timely, highly engaging, provocative, well-researched and bold ... A genuinely significant contribution to the field of contemporary literary studies and literature and science studies.” (Patricia Waugh, Professor of English Literature at Durham University, UK)

 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-33

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  • Two Cultures in Competition: Martin Amis’s The Information and Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd

    Pages 35-59

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  • The Postneuronovel: Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers and Thinks… by David Lodge

    Pages 61-86

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  • Michel Houellebecq and the Possibilities of Fiction

    Pages 87-117

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  • Scientific Transcendentalism: Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

    Pages 119-149

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Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-16375-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-16374-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Fiction and Science from Amis to McEwan
Book Subtitle
The Third Culture Novel
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16375-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16375-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16374-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 211
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