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Author Lyle, Louise
Title Histoires de la Terre : Earth Sciences and French Culture 1740-1940
Imprint Amsterdam : BRILL, 2008
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Note Intro -- Histoires de la Terre: Earth Sciences and French Culture 1740-1940 -- Table of Contents -- List of Contributors -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Section 1: The Enlightenment -- Natural Catastrophe in Buffon's Histoire Naturelle: Earth, Science, Aesthetics, Anthropology -- When Geology Encounters a Real Catastrophe: From Theoretical Earthquakes to the Lisbon Disaster -- Images of the Earth, Images of Man: The Mineralogical Plates of the Encyclopédie -- Peat Bogs, Marshes and Fen as Disputed Landscapes in Late Eighteenth-Century France and England -- Section 2: Early to Mid-Nineteenth Century -- "Nous avons enlacé le globe de nos réseaux…": Spatial Structure in Saint-Simonian Poetics -- Pierre Leroux and the Circulus: Soil, Socialism and Salvation in Nineteenth-Century France -- Mind as Ruin: Balzac's "Sarrasine" and the Archaeology of Self -- Archaeology - A Passion of George Sand -- Section 3: Late Nineteenth Century -- Jules Verne and the Discovery of the Natural World -- Jules Verne's Transylvania: Cartographic Omissions -- Undermining Body and Mind? The Impact of the Underground in Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature -- Alfred Jarry's Neo-Science: Liquidizing Paris and Debunking Verne -- Section 4: Early Twentieth Century -- Reading Environmental Apocalypse in J.-H. Rosny Aîné's Terrestrial Texts -- André Gide, Eugène Rouart and le retour à la terre -- Down to Earth: André Malraux's Political Itinerary and the Natural World -- Index of Names
This collection of essays explores how Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment developments in the earth sciences and related fields (paleontology, mining, archeology, seismology, oceanography, evolution, etc.) impacted on contemporary French culture. They reveal that geological ideas were a much more pervasive and influential cultural force than has hitherto been supposed. From the mid-eighteenth century, with the publication of Buffon's seminal Théorie de la Terre (1749), until the early twentieth century, concepts and figures drawn from the earth sciences inspired some of the most important French philosophers, novelists, political theorists, historians and popularizers of science of the time. This book charts the original and influential ways in which French writers and thinkers, such as Buffon, d'Holbach, Balzac, Sand, Verne, Gide and Malraux, exploited the earth sciences for very different ends. This volume will be of interest to students, researchers and scholars of French literature in the modern period, cultural historians of modern France, scholars of European studies, of French political history, of the History of Ideas or the History of Science as well as researchers in landscape and physical geography
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Lyle, Louise Histoires de la Terre : Earth Sciences and French Culture 1740-1940 Amsterdam : BRILL,c2008 9789042024779
Subject Science and civilization -- Congresses.;Science -- Social aspects -- France -- Congresses.;Earth sciences -- France -- History -- Congresses.;Science in literature -- Congresses.;Science -- Philosophy -- Congresses
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