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The Earth on show : fossils and the poetics of popular science, 1802-1856 / Ralph O'Connor.

By: O'Connor, Ralph.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2007Description: xiii, 541 p., [6] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), facsims. ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9780226616681 (alk. paper); 0226616681 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Geology -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Geology -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Geology in literature | Literature and science -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Literature and history -- Great Britain | Science -- Philosophy -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: Online resources: Table of contents only
Contents:
Introduction : Science as literature -- Enter the mammoth -- William Buckland : antiquary and wizard -- Lizards and literalists -- Lyell steps in -- Marketing geology -- Polite science and narrative form -- Time travel and virtual tourism in the age of John Martin -- Literary monsters -- Scenes and legends from deep time -- Hugh Miller and the geologic diorama -- Epilogue : New mythologies of the ancient earth.
Summary: Ralph O'Connor tracks the astonishing growth of geology's prestige in Britain, exploring how a new geohistory far more alluring than the standard six days of Creation was assembled and sold to the wider Bible-reading public at the turn of the 19th century.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 455-489) and index.

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