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Science and SalvationEvangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain$
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Aileen Fyfe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226276472

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226276465.001.0001

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Reading Fish

Reading Fish

(p.107) III Reading Fish
Science and Salvation
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The transition from natural history to salvation could potentially be somewhat abrupt, so its success might depend on the extent to which the reader trusted the narrator. Since most of the writers discussed here were anonymous, they had to develop this relationship with the reader through careful management of their narrative voices. The narrator of Northern Whale-Fishery was an exception, for he was identified with the whaler captain and minister, William Scoresby. This narrator was much more highly personalized than the others in the series, as he recounted his dangerous and exciting voyages in search of whales, and interspersed his history of whaling with tales of derring-do in the arctic seas. Through these tales, the Scoresby-narrator was able to build a close relationship with the reader.

Keywords:   natural history, salvation, narratives, whales, arctic seas, William Scoresby, Northern Whale-Fishery

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