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Losing the Plot

Losing the Plot

(p.274) Conclusion Losing the Plot
Novel Science
Adelene Buckland
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explains the discoveries and the stories that this book has sought to explore. The story of the “heroic age of geology” has been examined, focusing on the variety of methodological and practical positions taken by the gentleman geologists of the Geological Society as they eschewed the self-determining forms of fictional “plots” in their contemplations of earth history. The chapter explains in brief how the book has portrayed the story about the uses of geological forms by novelists as they made attempts at establishing intellectual authority of their writings. From the geological fictions of Charles Kingsley, to George Eliot, to Charles Dickens, the novels show the possibility that history is not a story, but a structure. For Charles Kingsley and George Eliot, geology created for them a useful form of narrative breakdown. Their vision of the earth's formation brought forth their formulation of the novel's creation.

Keywords:   heroic age of geology, Geological Society, fictional plots, geological fictions, Charles Kingsley, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, gentleman geologists

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