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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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Science, Medicine, Technology, and the Novel, 1860–1915

Science, Medicine, Technology, and the Novel, 1860–1915

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(p.151) 10 Science, Medicine, Technology, and the Novel, 1860–1915
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The Oxford History of the Novel in English
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Jane F. Thrailkill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.003.0010

This chapter examines how the American novel tackled the paradoxes of science, medicine, and technology in the period between 1860 and 1915. It considers how many late nineteenth-century novels explored the human effects of technology using a particular form of narrative speech known as free indirect discourse. Citing the works of writers such as Charles Chesnutt, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edward Bellamy, and Stephen Crane, the chapter also demonstrates how fiction tackles scientific concerns including the evolutionary theory and the human consciousness.

Keywords:   novel, science, medicine, technology, free indirect discourse, Charles Chesnutt, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edward Bellamy, Stephen Crane, evolutionary theory

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