The Divine in the Commonplace: Reverent Natural History and the Novel in Britain

King, Amy M.

  • 出版商: Cambridge
  • 出版日期: 2019-07-18
  • 售價: $3,470
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$3,297
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 322
  • 裝訂: Hardcover - also called cloth, retail trade, or trade
  • ISBN: 1108492959
  • ISBN-13: 9781108492959

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Realism has long been associated with the secular, but in early nineteenth-century England a realist genre existed that was highly theological: popular natural histories informed by natural theology. The Divine in the Commonplace explores the 'reverent empiricism' of English natural history and how it conceives observation and description as a kind of devotion or act of reverence. Focusing on the texts of popular natural historians, especially seashore naturalists, Amy M. King puts these in conversation with English provincial realist novelists including Austen, Gaskell, Eliot and Trollope. She argues that English provincial novel has a 'reverent form' as a result of its connection to the practices and representational strategies of natural history writing in this period, which was both literary, empirical and reverent. This book will appeal to students and scholars of nineteenth-century literature, science historians and those interested in interdisciplinary connections between pre-Darwinian natural history, religion and literature.