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By Stella Pratt-Smith

in the course of the 19th century, practitioners of technology, writers of fiction and newshounds wrote approximately electrical energy in ways in which defied epistemological and disciplinary limitations. Revealing electrical energy as a website for severe and creative Victorian hypothesis, Stella Pratt-Smith lines the synthesis of nineteenth-century electrical energy made attainable via the robust mixture of technology, literature and the preferred mind's eye. With electrical energy resisting transparent description, even via these akin to Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell who knew it most sensible, Pratt-Smith argues that electrical energy used to be either metaphorically suggestive and open to creative hypothesis. Her e-book engages with Victorian medical texts, well known and professional periodicals and the paintings of best midcentury novelists, together with Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, William Makepeace Thackeray and Wilkie Collins. reading the paintings of William Harrison Ainsworth and Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Pratt-Smith explores how Victorian novelists attributed magical features to electrical energy, imbuing it with either the romance of the prior and the joys of the long run. She concludes with a case research of Benjamin Lumley’s one other global, which offers an attractive myth of electricity’s capability in accordance with modern advancements. finally, her publication contends that writing and examining approximately electrical energy appropriated and elevated its ingenious scope, reworked its real origins and functions and contravened the limits of literary genres and disciplinary constraints.

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