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dc.contributor.advisorCvetkovich, Ann, 1957-en
dc.contributor.advisorMatysik, Tracieen
dc.creatorBrilmyer, Sarah Pearlen
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-17T16:00:19Zen
dc.date.issued2014-08en
dc.date.submittedAugust 2014en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/31359en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation tracks a series of literary interventions into scientific debates of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, showing how the realist novel generated new techniques of description in response to pressing philosophical problems about agency, materiality, and embodiment. In close conversation with developments in the sciences, writers such as George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Olive Schreiner portrayed human agency as contiguous with rather than opposed to the pulsations of the physical world. The human, for these authors, was not a privileged or even an autonomous entity but a node in a web of interactive and co-constitutive materialities. Focused on works of English fiction published between 1870-1920, I argue that the historical convergence of a British materialist science and a vitalistic Continental natural philosophy led to the rise of a dynamic realism attentive to material forces productive of “character.” Through the literary figure of character and the novelistic practice of description, I show, turn-of-the-century realists explored what it meant to be an embodied subject, how qualities in organisms emerge and develop, and the relationship between nature and culture more broadly.en
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dc.subjectRealismen
dc.subjectVictorian literatureen
dc.subjectHistory of scienceen
dc.subjectMetaphysicsen
dc.subjectHistory of philosophyen
dc.subjectNatural historyen
dc.subjectModernismen
dc.subjectCharacteren
dc.subjectdescriptionen
dc.subjectVictorian novelen
dc.titleThe intimate pulse of reality : sciences of description in fiction and philosophy, 1870-1920en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.date.updated2015-09-17T16:00:19Zen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMackay, Carol Hen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBaker, Samuelen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWojciehowski, Hannahen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHoad, Nevilleen
dc.description.departmentComparative Literatureen
thesis.degree.departmentComparative Literatureen
thesis.degree.disciplineComparative Literatureen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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