Science in Wonderland: The scientific fairy tales of - download pdf or read online

By Melanie Keene

ISBN-10: 0199662657

ISBN-13: 9780199662654

In Victorian Britain an array of writers captured the buzz of recent clinical discoveries, and enticed younger readers and listeners into studying their secrets and techniques, by way of changing introductory factors into quirky, captivating, and imaginitive fairy-tales; forces might be fairies, dinosaurs may be dragons, and looking out heavily at a drop of water printed a soup of monsters.

Science in Wonderland explores how those tales have been offered and browse. Melanie Keene introduces and analyses quite a number Victorian clinical fairy-tales, from nursery classics akin to The Water-Babies to the little-known Wonderland of Evolution, or the tale of insect lecturer Fairy Know-a-Bit. In exploring the ways that authors and translators - from Hans Christian Andersen and Edith Nesbit to the pseudonymous 'A.L.O.E.' and 'Acheta Domestica' -
reconciled the differing calls for of genuine accuracy and fantastical narratives, Keene asks why the fairies and their stories have been selected as a suitable new shape for taking pictures and offering medical and technological wisdom to younger audiences. Such tales, she argues, have been an incredible manner during which authors and audiences criticised,
communicated, and celebrated modern medical principles, practices, and objects.

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