Vision, Science and Literature, 1870-1920: Ocular Horizons (Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century)

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This book explores the Victorian concept of vision across scientific and cultural forms. Willis charts the characterization of vision through four organizing principles – small, large, past and future – to arrive at a Victorian conception of what vision was. Willis then explores how this Victorian vision influenced twentieth-century ways of seeing.

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"Provides a fresh account of modern visualities in the overlap between scientific and literary cultures ... the book abounds with incisive readings and innovative conjunctions."
—Victorian Studies


"A highly original work and a landmark study whose impact is likely to be long lasting."
—European Society for the Study of English

"The history and philosophy of science merge seamlessly with literary studies in this intelligently crafted study of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century vision. By comparing literary and scientific narratives of visual technologies, Willis uncovers cultural assumptions about the way knowledge works. He stands out as an interdisciplinary scholar who analyzes literature as a source as well as a recipient of learning."
—Laura Otis, Emory University

"In explaining the role played by literary narratives in the history of science, and specifically in the visual culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Willis shows both scientists and novelists at their most human, both driven by wonder and rigor, method and imagination."
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"The interdisciplinary study of science and science fiction would do well to pursue the combination of archival research with engagement in current debates on the history of scientific culture that Willis exemplifies."
—Science Fiction Studies

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