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Tesi etd-02242012-005843


Thesis type
Tesi di dottorato di ricerca
Author
BRILLARELLI, VENANZIA
URN
etd-02242012-005843
Title
"La scienza nella letteratura postmoderna: verso una cultura terza? I casi Banville, Winterson, Stoppard e Frayn"
Settore scientifico disciplinare
L-LIN/10
Corso di studi
LETTERATURE STRANIERE MODERNE (FRANCESE, INGLESE, SPAGNOLO, TEDESCO)
Commissione
tutor Dott. Ciompi, Fausto
Parole chiave
  • Winterson Jeanette
  • String Theory
  • Stoppard Tom
  • Scientific Revolution
  • Postmodern
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Frayn Michael
  • Indeterminacy
  • Chaos Theory
  • Banville John
  • (To Save) Appearances
Data inizio appello
07/03/2012;
Consultabilità
completa
Riassunto analitico
Science has increasingly become a main focus in British contemporary fiction: with reference to some works by widely known writers – like the so-called “Science Tetralogy” by the Irish John Banville, &#34;Doctor Copernicus: A Novel&#34; (1976), &#34;Kepler&#34; (1981), &#34;The Newton Letter: An Interlude&#34; (1982) and &#34;Mefisto&#34; (1986), or the more recent novel &#34;Gut Symmetries&#34; (1997) by Jeanette Winterson – this study aims to illustrate the complex and dynamic process through which literature is ever more being connected with important scientific concepts and/ or theories. The aspect is not restricted to fiction: as far as drama is concerned for instance, two much applauded works by the modern dramatists Tom Stoppard and Michael Frayn are here dealt with – &#34;Arcadia&#34; (1993) and &#34;Copenhagen&#34; (1998), respectively. There is evidence that science has, at least to some extent, gained access to poetry too.<br>By reshaping the central idea of &#34;third culture&#34; originally proposed by Charles Percy Snow – the theorist of the “two cultures debate” – this study thus attempts to outline a “new situation” in which science and literature may be opponents no longer. This situation should properly be labelled (and defined) as the postmodern situation.<br>
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