Science, fiction, and the Fin de Siècle periodical press

William Tattersdill

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In this revisionary study, Will Tattersdill argues against the reductive 'two cultures' model of intellectual discourse by exploring the cultural interactions between literature and science embodied in late nineteenth-century periodical literature, tracing the emergence of the new genre that would become known as 'science fiction'. He examines a range of fictional and non-fictional fin-de-siècle writing around distinct scientific themes: Martian communication, future prediction, X-rays, and polar exploration. Every chapter explores a major work of H. G. Wells, but also presents a wealth of exciting new material drawn from a variety of late Victorian periodicals. Arguing that the publications in which they appeared, as well as the stories themselves, played a crucial part in the development of science fiction, Tattersdill uses the form of the general interest magazine as a way of understanding the relationship between the arts and the sciences, and the creation of a new literary genre.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages241
ISBN (Electronic)9781316534724
ISBN (Print)9781107144651
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Publication series

NameCambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • Periodicals
  • Science Fiction
  • Magazines
  • Fin de Siecle
  • Literature and Science
  • H G Wells


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