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Polite Science and Narrative Form

in The Earth on Show

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226616681
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226616704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226616704.003.0007
Polite Science and Narrative Form

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If early Victorian earth history was displayed in an intellectual marketplace, two questions press themselves forward: To whom was it sold, and how was it packaged? This chapter considers which sectors of society the new science was chiefly aimed at, and the range of book formats and literary genres in which it made its appearances. It shows that so-called mass approval for geology between 1830 and 1856 was courted along predominantly middle-class lines, which sheds light on the spectacular and heavily aestheticized form it often took.

Keywords: earth history; early Victorian period; science; middle class; society

Chapter.  17178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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