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Victorian Contingencies: Experiments in Literature, Science, and Play

Tina Young Choi


Contingency is not just a feature of modern politics, finance, and culture—by thinking contingently, nineteenth-century Britons rewrote familiar narratives and upended forgone conclusions. This book shows how scientists, novelists, and consumers engaged in new formal and material experiments with cause and effect, past and present, that actively undermined routine certainties. The book traces contingency across a wide range of materials and media, from newspaper advertisements and children's stories to well-known novels, scientific discoveries, technological innovations. It shows how Charles L ... More

Keywords: causality, probability, chance, George Eliot, Charles Babbage, James Clerk Maxwell, Lewis Carroll, games, statistics, narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781503629288
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503629288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tina Young Choi, author
York University