Melancholies of Knowledge: Literature in the Age of Science
Margery Arent Safir, Stephen Jay Gould, State University of New York
SUNY Press, 1 בינו׳ 1999 - 205 עמודים
"We need the integration of our disciplines, the end to false dichotomizations, the recognition that we cannot grasp human uniqueness until we both practice art and understand science. We must celebrate a novelist who can teach scientists so much about evolution with a literary ploy rooted in anachronism--and we must tolerate a scientist who chooses to pay his respects by writing for a book of literary criticism." --from the essay by Stephen Jay Gould
Offering interdisciplinary criticism and methodology, Melancholies of Knowledge includes essays by scientists, social scientists, and literary critics on the work of the French novelist Michel Rio. It provides a non-specialist's description of the most important scientific changes in the century--easily understandable and related to issues of concern in the humanities--as well as an opportunity to see how these scientific changes are being incorporated into literary discourse, into the human element outside of theory or the laboratory. In presenting a new methodology that proposes true interdisciplinarity, Melancholies of Knowledge identifies a new class of contemporary fiction and, as a test case, provides the first serious criticism of a major contemporary French author.