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Between Literature and Science: Poe, Lem, and Explorations in Aesthetics, Cognitive Science, and Literary Knowledge

Peter Swirski

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ISBN 10: 0853238960 / ISBN 13: 9780853238966
Published by Liverpool University Press, 2001
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Between Literature and Science: Poe, Lem, ...

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Through close analysis of Eureka and The Purloined Letter, Swirski evaluates Poe's epistemological theses in the light of contemporary philosophy of science and presents literary interpretation as a cooperative game played by the author and reader, thereby illuminating how we read fiction. The analysis of Poe's little-studied Eureka provides the basis for his discussion of Lem's critique of scientific reductionism and futurological forecasts. Drawing on his own interviews with Lem as well as analysis of his works, Swirski considers the author's scenarios involving computers capable of creative acts and discusses their socio-cultural implications. His analysis leads to bold arguments about the nature of literature and its relation to a broad range of other disciplines.

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Peter Swirski is Professor of American literature and culture at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Honorary Professor of American Studies at Jinan University, China, and member of the Executive Council of the International American Studies Association (IASA).

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