Losing the Plot: the Geological Anti-Narrative

Buckland, Adelene (2010) Losing the Plot: the Geological Anti-Narrative. 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 11. ISSN 1755-1560

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Geology has often been treated by literary critics as the producer narratives of earth history which were appropriated or resisted by novelists and poets. This paper will problematise this tradition by considering a widespread problematisation of plot as a mode of rational enquiry in the nineteenth century, and which underpinned much literary and geological discourse. Rooting itself in elite, fashionable literary culture, geology often resisted plot as a means of unravelling and describing earth history. Briefly considering the reading and the writings of geologists including Adam Sedgwick, William Buckland and Charles Lyell, this essay demonstrates that geology is a much different case in 'science and literature' than the evolutionary sciences explored by Gillian Beer and George Levine.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature and Creative Writing (former - to 2011)

Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2012 14:48
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2023 14:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/35910
DOI: 10.16995/ntn.578

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