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Fictions of Knowledge

Fact, Evidence, Doubt

  • Editors
  • Yota Batsaki
  • Subha Mukherji
  • Jan-Melissa Schramm

About this book


Locating literature at the intersection of distinct areas of thinking on the nature, scope and methods of knowledge - philosophy, theology, science, and the law - this book engages with literary texts across periods and genres to address questions of probability, problems of evidence, the uses of experiment and the poetics and ethics of doubt.


experience fiction knowledge law methods novel reason scepticism Victorian era

About the authors

JOHN BENDER Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Stanford University, USA LORNA HUTSON Berry Professor of English Literature, University of St Andrews UK SARAH TINDAL KAREEM Assistant Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles, USA KATHRYN MURPHY Fellow and Tutor in English, Oriel College, Oxford, UK BARBARA J. SHAPIRO Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley, USA CARL WATKINS Senior Lecturer in History, University of Cambridge, UK MICHAEL WOOD Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Princeton University, USA

Bibliographic information


“All the essays provide a complex but readable text, backed by massive scholarship, meticulously documented in the notes at their end. … the essays in Fictions of Knowledge offer rich and complex investigations of the fascinating world of knowledge in its varied manifestations in literary and non-literary texts, and should be of interest to all who are interested in meaningful connections between the two.” (Tej N. Dhar, The European Legacy, Vol. 20 (1), October, 2015)