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

Swirski, Peter

ISBN 10: 0773520430 / ISBN 13: 9780773520431
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000
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Title: Between Literature and Science - Poe, Lem ...

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:BRAND NEW

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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 a Canadian scholar and literary critic featured in Canadian Who's Who and Amazon's #1 Bestseller in American Literary History and Criticism and in Canadian Literary Criticism. Specialist in American literature and American Studies, he is the world's foremost scholar on Stanislaw Lem and author of fifteen award-winning books, including Of Literature and Knowledge as well as A Stanislaw Lem Reader; The Art and Science of Stanislaw Lem; From Literature to Biterature: Lem, Turing, Darwin; Stanislaw Lem: Selected Letters to Michael Kandel; Lemography; and Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future.

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