Intuition and authority: literary expression and scientific communication

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dc.contributor McElroy, Tricia
dc.contributor Cook, Alex
dc.contributor Dowd, Michelle
dc.contributor Peterson, Erik
dc.contributor.advisor Ainsworth, David Emerson, Daniel Geoffrey 2020-01-16T15:03:50Z 2020-01-16T15:03:50Z 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003431
dc.identifier.other Emerson_alatus_0004D_13981
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract In my dissertation, I investigate how images—whether pictorial, poetic, or narrative—determine and change human intuitions about the natural world. I argue that by adopting form and content from one another, literary and scientific writers alike break and reframe their reader’s intuition. George Herbert, John Milton, Andrew Marvell, and Margaret Cavendish, on the one hand, and Galileo, Paracelsus, and Kepler, on the other demonstrate that narrative, poetic, and pictorial images are instrumental in rendering the world intelligible and intuitive. In my first chapter, I provides a survey of sixteenth-century writers from Chaucer to Spenser and from Copernicus to Bacon, showing how they construct authority and attempt to rewrite intuitions about nature and her students. My subsequent chapters on physics, chemistry, and astronomy explore how conventions in poetry and fiction facilitate the communication of novel ideas.
dc.format.extent 208 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Literature
dc.title Intuition and authority: literary expression and scientific communication
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of English English The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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