Fictional matter exemplifies much of what is best about present day cultural studies reading across a wide range of texts even as it makes reading itself the act of interpretation in the absence of certitude a subject of thematic concern this is a book of considerable scope intelligence and forthrightness . Neither modern elements nor classical atoms corpuscles were reactive divisible units of matter imperceptible but real the corpuscle transformed empirical knowledge in early modern science and the novel. Get this from a library fictional matter empiricism corpuscles and the novel helen thompson in a groundbreaking study of the ralationship between chemistry and literary history helen thompson explores the ways in which chemical conceptions of matter shaped eighteenth century british . The corpuscles complexities i argue compel us to rethink perception ontology and realism in the emergent genre of the novel reflecting my biggest stake in literary history this book argues against a realist regime of transparently apprehended and transparently rendered facts both in science and fiction. Thompson helen f fictional matter empiricism corpuscles and the novelphiladelphia pa university of pennsylvania press 2017 368 p
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