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Novel Science: Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology

Adelene Buckland


This book is an in-depth study of the shocking, groundbreaking, and sometimes beautiful writings of the gentlemen of the “heroic age” of geology and of the contribution these men made to the literary culture of their day. For these men, literature was an essential part of the practice of science itself, as important to their efforts as mapmaking, fieldwork, and observation. The reading and writing of imaginative literatures helped them to discover, imagine, debate, and give shape and meaning to millions of years of previously undiscovered earth history. Borrowing from the historical fictions o ... More

Keywords: heroic age, geology, mapmaking, fieldwork, observation, imaginative literatures, earth history, historical fictions, Walter Scott, dinosaurs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226079684
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923635.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adelene Buckland, author