Phantasmatic Knowledge: Visions of the Human and the Scientific Gaze in English Literature, 1880-1930 Susanne Scholz

ISBN: 9783825361686

Published: October 1st 2013

Hardcover

177 pages


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Phantasmatic Knowledge: Visions of the Human and the Scientific Gaze in English Literature, 1880-1930  by  Susanne Scholz

Phantasmatic Knowledge: Visions of the Human and the Scientific Gaze in English Literature, 1880-1930 by Susanne Scholz
October 1st 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 177 pages | ISBN: 9783825361686 | 5.28 Mb

Phantasmatic Knowledge investigates changing anthropological visions as they were negotiated in late Victorian and early twentieth century literature. It starts from the assumption that in nineteenth century scientific discourse, a human being canMorePhantasmatic Knowledge investigates changing anthropological visions as they were negotiated in late Victorian and early twentieth century literature. It starts from the assumption that in nineteenth century scientific discourse, a human being can only be accepted as fully human if it is visually perceived as human.

One of the scientific genres to produce and normalize man in the late nineteenth century is the case study, so the first part of the book analyses three notorious cases of late Victorian London, Joseph Merrick, the so-called Elephant Man, Jack the Ripper, and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Its second part provides readings of texts by Stevenson and Hardy, and traces the ways in which the emergence of photography created the conditions for a specific way of seeing which also impacted the techniques of literary representation.

A final chapter on mummy fiction addresses ethical questions regarding the precarious status of the human as an object of knowledge.



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