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Space and the 'March of Mind'Literature and the Physical Sciences in Britain 1815-1850$
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Alice Jenkins

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199209927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199209927.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Space and the 'March of Mind'

Alice Jenkins (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the purpose of the book, which is an interdisciplinary study of British literary and scientific culture in the first half of the 19th century, focusing on the development in those decades of a new spatial imagination. Its central concern reflects the increasing importance of space in critical enquiry over recent decades. The book steps back from the lived spaces of social geography to view the abstract space with and within which early 19th century writers organized knowledge, and which affected literature and the literary imagination in ways which have not yet been fully investigated by literary critics. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   space, literary culture, scientific culture, spatial imagination

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