Science in Wonderland.

By: Keene, MelanieMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (250 p.)ISBN: 9780191639630Subject(s): Children's literature -- History and criticism | Fairy tales -- Great Britain -- History and criticism | Science in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Science in Wonderland: The scientific fairy tales of Victorian BritainDDC classification: 398.20941 LOC classification: PR878.F27 .K384 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Science in Wonder Land: The scientific fairy tales of Victorian Britain; Copyright; Epigraph; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Plates; Introduction: Nothing but Facts?; Science for the people; The wand of reason; A fairy tale age; The fairy tales of science; 1: Once Upon a Time; The age of monsters; Dragonology; Fairyland in ´fifty four; 2: Real Fairy Folk; A story without an end; The adventures of Madalene and Louisa; Fairy Know-a-Bit; Real Fairy folks; 3: Familiar Fairylands; The world in a drop of water; A drop of london water
A drop of water on its travelsDown the microscope; 4: Wonderlands of Evolution; Evolution in the family; Evolutionary authorship; Nature´s fairy tale; An evolutionary Märchen; 5: Through Magic Glasses; Natural magic; In the sky-garden; 6: Modern Marvels; Goblins and ghosts; Grander tours; Wizards and demons; Behind the scenes at the theatre; Conclusion: Stranger than Fiction; Nothing but the truth; Science in wonderland; Further Reading; Endnotes; Index
Summary: In Victorian Britain an array of writers captured the excitement of new scientific discoveries, and enticed young readers and listeners into learning their secrets, by converting introductory explanations into quirky, charming, and imaginative fairy-tales; forces could be fairies, dinosaurs could be dragons, and looking closely at a drop of water revealed a soup of monsters.Science in Wonderland explores how these stories were presented and read. Melanie Keene introduces and analyses a range of Victorian scientific fairy-tales, from nursery classics such as The Water-Babies to the little-known
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Cover; Science in Wonder Land: The scientific fairy tales of Victorian Britain; Copyright; Epigraph; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Plates; Introduction: Nothing but Facts?; Science for the people; The wand of reason; A fairy tale age; The fairy tales of science; 1: Once Upon a Time; The age of monsters; Dragonology; Fairyland in ´fifty four; 2: Real Fairy Folk; A story without an end; The adventures of Madalene and Louisa; Fairy Know-a-Bit; Real Fairy folks; 3: Familiar Fairylands; The world in a drop of water; A drop of london water

A drop of water on its travelsDown the microscope; 4: Wonderlands of Evolution; Evolution in the family; Evolutionary authorship; Nature´s fairy tale; An evolutionary Märchen; 5: Through Magic Glasses; Natural magic; In the sky-garden; 6: Modern Marvels; Goblins and ghosts; Grander tours; Wizards and demons; Behind the scenes at the theatre; Conclusion: Stranger than Fiction; Nothing but the truth; Science in wonderland; Further Reading; Endnotes; Index

In Victorian Britain an array of writers captured the excitement of new scientific discoveries, and enticed young readers and listeners into learning their secrets, by converting introductory explanations into quirky, charming, and imaginative fairy-tales; forces could be fairies, dinosaurs could be dragons, and looking closely at a drop of water revealed a soup of monsters.Science in Wonderland explores how these stories were presented and read. Melanie Keene introduces and analyses a range of Victorian scientific fairy-tales, from nursery classics such as The Water-Babies to the little-known

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This volume offers detailed readings of Victorian works that explain and market the science of the day through the use of fairy tale motifs and metaphors. Most of the titles Keene (history of science, Homerton College, Univ. of Cambridge, UK) takes up are aimed primarily at children, so readers who are interested in 19th-century education will especially appreciate the book. Chapters cover texts that explore evolution, geological time, lenses (from microscopes to magic lantern shows), technical elements of theater, insect metamorphoses, and bacteria in water--in sum works that support the idea that science offers wonder to readers. Keene's method in each chapter is to explain the books she will discuss and then closely read some parts of these texts. She also includes, and makes effective use of, illustrations from the books. The volume is clearly well researched, and Keene brings together a multitude of sources. Its one failing is that it does not include a bibliography (though there is a list of a few sources for further reading), which means that the reader must work through the notes at the back of the text to find information about Keene's sources. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Susan Bernardo, Wagner College

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Melanie Keene is a historian of science for children, based at Homerton College, Cambridge. She has published several academic and popular articles on scientific books and objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, on topics from candles, pebbles, or cups of tea, to board games, toy sets, and model dinosaurs.

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