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- Functions of Science in French Fiction
- "Throughout most the 19th and 20th centuries, and perhaps more acutely in France thanelsewhere, 'scientific' and literary matters have been perceived as diametrical opposites,mutually exclusive modes of thought requiring vastly different discursive vehicles for theirexpression. As Michel Foucault has pointed out, for example, the ideal of a 'pure' scientific discourse grew to be an important épistémè of the 19th century--an historical period that witnessed dramatic changes in the basic premises of scientific methodology. The desire for a cognitively 'objective' outlook, deemed to be a prerequisite to valid scientific inquiry, became increasingly extended into the realm of language itself, substantially altering what had traditionally been more “holistic” relationship between language and knowledge."
- Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis
- Author: Arthur B. Evans
- From: Studies in the Literary Imagination Vol. 22 no. 1; p. 79-100; Spring 1989
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