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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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Chaos, the Void, and Poetry

Chaos, the Void, and Poetry

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(p.208) 7 Chaos, the Void, and Poetry
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Space and the 'March of Mind'
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Alice Jenkins (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199209927.003.0008

Previous chapters have explored ways in which early 19th-century writers valorized space as a fundamental of science, as a transcendental abstraction, and as a unified, homogeneous field which underlies the fragmentation of disciplinary formation. This chapter shifts the focus from space as reliable, ordered, and ideal to space as random, unstable, and chaotic. With this shift we move from science to pseudo-science, and from non-fiction prose to poetry — albeit a kind of poetry that has never had a place in the critical canon.

Keywords:   space, chaos, pseudo-science, poetry

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