Most Downloaded Articles – May to June 2016

1. Maria Avxentevskaya, “The Spiritual Optics of Narrative: John Wilkins’s
popularization of Copernicanism” (JLS 8.2)

2. Charlotte Sleigh, “Writing the scientific self: Samuel Butler and Charles Hoy Fort” (JLS 8.2)

3. Martin Willis, Keir Waddington and Richard Marsden, “Imaginary Investments: Illness Narratives Beyond the Gaze: (JLS 6.1)

Most Downloaded Articles – March to April 2016

1. Maria Avxentevskaya, “The Spiritual Optics of Narrative: John Wilkins’s
popularization of Copernicanism” (JLS 8.2)

2. Rachel Falconer, “Facing the Other through Metaphor: Primo Levi’s The Periodic
Table and other writings” (JLS 8.2)

3. Alex Moffatt, “Swept Over an Etheric Niagara: The Persistence of the Etheric
Hypothesis in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Challenger Stories” (JLS 8.2)

Most Downloaded Articles – January to February 2016

1. Charlotte Sleigh, “Writing the scientific self: Samuel Butler and Charles Hoy Fort” (JLS 8.2)

2. Maria Avxentevskaya, “The Spiritual Optics of Narrative: John Wilkins’s
popularization of Copernicanism” (JLS 8.2)

3=. Rachel Falconer, “Facing the Other through Metaphor: Primo Levi’s The Periodic
Table and other writings” (JLS 8.2)
&
Alex Moffatt, “Swept Over an Etheric Niagara: The Persistence of the Etheric
Hypothesis in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Challenger Stories” (JLS 8.2)

Most Downloaded Articles of 2015

Congratulations to the writers of the following articles, which were most often downloaded by JLS readers across the last calendar year:

1. Gregory Lynall, ‘Scriblerian Projections of Longitude: Arbuthnot, Swift, and the Agency of Satire in a Culture of Invention’ (Vol.7, No.2)

2. Bernard Lightman, ‘Contextualising Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Emilie Taylor-Brown, ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’ (Vol.7, No.2)

Most Downloaded Articles – November to December 2015

1. Minna Vuohelainen, ‘“Cribb’d, Cabined and Confined”: Fear, Claustrophobia and Modernity in Richard Marsh’s Urban Gothic Fiction’ (Vol.3, No.1)

2. Emilie Taylor-Brown, ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Alison E. Martin, ‘Performing Scientific Knowledge Transfer: Anne Plumptre and the Translation of Martin Heinrich Lichtenstein’s Reisen im südlichen Afrika (1811)’ (Vol.8, No.1)

Most Downloaded Articles – September to October 2015

1. Angela Byrne, ‘“My Little Readers”: Catharine Parr Traill’s Natural Histories for Children’ (Vol.8, No.1)

2. Bernard Lightman, ‘Contextualising Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Mary Orr, ‘The Stuff of Translation and Independent Female Scientific Authorship: the Case of Taxidermy…, anon. (1820)’ (Vol.8, No.1)

Most Downloaded Articles – July to August 2015

1. Gregory Lynall, ‘Scriblerian Projections of Longitude: Arbuthnot, Swift, and the Agency of Satire in a Culture of Invention’ (Vol.7, No.2)

2. Bernard Lightman, ‘Contextualising Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Shelley Trower, ‘Primitive Rocks: Humphry Davy, Mining, and the Sublime Landscapes of Cornwall’ (Vol.7, No.1)

Most Downloaded Articles – May to June 2015

1. Bernard Lightman, ‘Contextualising Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist’ (Vol.7, No.2)

2. Gregory Lynall, ‘Scriblerian Projections of Longitude: Arbuthnot, Swift, and the Agency of Satire in a Culture of Invention’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Erika Behrisch Elce, ‘”One Remarkable Evening”: Redemptive Science in Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science’ (Vol.7, No.1)

Most Downloaded Articles – March to April 2015

1. Steven McLean, ‘Revolution as an Angel from the Sky: George Griffith’s Aeronautical Speculation’ (Vol.7, No.2)

2. Emilie Taylor-Brown, ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Gregory Lynall, ‘Scriblerian Projections of Longitude: Arbuthnot, Swift, and the Agency of Satire in a Culture of Invention’ (Vol.7, No.2)

Most Downloaded Articles – Notification of Error Reset

Across 2015 the news posts announcing the Most Downloaded articles had dropped from view due to a technical problem. A recent reset requires them to be uploaded again. You will now see a number of periods clustered together in recent posts. Apologies to those of you interested in this data who have been unable to see it for a period of time.

Mark Bennett Steps Down

The JLS Copyeditor, Mark Bennett, has stepped down from his position to focus on his academic work. The JLS would like to thank Mark for his professional and expert work over the course of a number of years and issues. Mark has been instrumental in the success of the JLS, and his careful attention to the work of contributors was always greatly appreciated. We wish him the best of luck with his future plans.

Mark will be succeeded as copyeditor by Rebecca Spear, who begins her role with issue 8.1 (2015).

JLS/BSLS Essay Prize 2015 Winner

The JLS is pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the essay prize
jointly awarded with the British Society for Literature and Science is Maria
Avxentevskaya’s essay titled ‘The Spiritual Optics of Narrative: John Wilkins’s
Popularization of Copernicanism’.

We offer our many congratulations to Maria.

The judging panel wrote: “This a thoroughly convincing and exceptionally
well-argued essay that is a deserving winner of the 2015 prize. The reading of
Wilkins’s Discovery is consistently illuminating as an account of the logic of
early modern scientific argument and its appeal to probability according to
moral rather than empirical authority. The analysis is meticulous and builds up
to an impressively coherent picture. The move at the end of the essay to show
how Wilkins remains concerned to establish the truth of the physical world, and
not simply to win the rhetorical argument, is an important and salutary reminder
that we have to avoid imposing our own standards on early modern modes of
argument, as well as grounding Wilkins’s own shift to the position of a
founder of the Royal Society. The essay combines these acutely historicized
arguments with fine close reading to produce a work of real intellectual
achievement.”

As in previous years the level of competition was high, with some extremely good
essays on a range of literature and science topics submitted for consideration.
The judges were impressed by the vitality of the work and by the obvious
strength of the field.

Maria’s essay will appear in one of the next issues of the journal.

JLS and BSLS Essay Prize 2015

The Journal of Literature and Science and the British Society for Literature and Science would like to announce our annual prize for the best new essay by an early career scholar on a topic within the field of literature and science. The deadline for this year’s prize will be 19th June, in order to give members time to revise papers presented at the BSLS conference should they wish to.

Essays should be currently unpublished and not under consideration by another journal. They should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words long, inclusive of references, and should be send by email to both John Holmes, Chair of the BSLS (j.r.holmes@reading.ac.uk), and Martin Willis, Editor of JLS (m.willis@westminster.ac.uk), by 12 noon on Friday, 19th June, 2015.

The prize is open to BSLS members who are postgraduate students or have completed a doctorate within three calendar years of the deadline date. The Prize committee will consider on a case by case basis whether to accept submissions from anyone whose doctorate was completed more than three years prior to the deadline but whose career has been interrupted during that time (due to illness, maternity leave, etc.). Those who have submitted to the essay prize in previous years are very welcome to submit again. This includes any previous prize winners or honourable mentions.

The prize will be judged jointly by representatives of the BSLS and JLS.

To join BSLS (only £10 for postgraduates and unwaged members), go to http://www.bsls.ac.uk/join-us/.

The winning essay will be announced on the BSLS website and published in JLS. The winner will also receive a prize of £100. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize should no essay of a high enough standard be submitted.

The winning essays to date have been Rachel Crossland’s ‘”Multitudinous and Minute”: Early Twentieth-Century Scientific, Literary and Psychological Representations of the Mass’, published in JLS, 6.2 (2013), and Emilie Taylor-Brown’s ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’, published in JLS, 7.2 (2014). Josie Gill’s essay, ‘Science and Fiction in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth’ received an honourable mention from the judges and was published in JLS, 6.2 (2013). To read these essays, visit the issues listed.

Most Downloaded

January – February 2015

Most Downloaded Articles (all issues):
1. Steven McLean, ‘Revolution as an Angel from the Sky: George Griffith’s Aeronautical Speculation’ (Vol. 7, No. 2)
2. Bernard Lightman, ‘Contextualising Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist’ (Vol. 7, No 2)
3. Emilie Taylor-Brown, ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’ (Vol. 7, No. 2)

Most Downloaded Reviews (all issues):
1. Carmel Raz, Review of John Savarese’s “Ossian’s Folk Psychology” (Vol. 7, No. 2)
2. Emily Bowles, Review of Cheryl Blake Price’s “Vegetable Monsters: Man-Eating Trees in Fin-de-Siècle Fiction” (Vol. 7, No. 2)
3. Peter Johnston, Review of Robert Nathan’s “Why It Matters: The Value of Literature as Object of Inquiry in Qualitative Research” (Vol. 7, No. 2)

Honours List: Most Downloaded Articles of 2014

The new year honours for 2014’s most downloaded articles go to:

1) Rachel Crossland, ‘”Multitudinous and Minute”: Early Twentieth-Century Scientific, Literary and Psychological Representations of the Mass’ (Vol. 6, No. 2)
2) Josie Gill, ‘Science and Fiction in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth‘ (Vol. 6, No. 2)
3) Ruth Murphy, ‘Darwin and 1860s Children’s Literature: Belief, Myth or Detritus’ (Vol. 5, No. 2)

Most Downloaded

November – December 2014

Most Downloaded Articles (all issues):
1. Erika Behrisch Elce, ‘”One Remarkable Evening”: Redemptive Science in Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science‘ (Vol. 7, No. 1)
2. Martin Willis, Keir Waddington and Richard Marsden, ‘Imaginary Investments: Illness Narratives Beyond the Gaze’ (Vol. 6, No 1)
3. Verity Hunt, ‘Electric Leisure: Late Nineteenth-Century Dreams of Remote Viewing by “Telectroscope”‘ (Vol. 7, No. 1)

Most Downloaded Reviews (all issues):
1. Hannah Brunning, Review of Michael Davis’s “Mind and Matter in The Picture of Dorian Gray” (Vol. 7, No. 1)
2. Leigh Wilson, Review of Rachel Crossland’s “What D.H. Lawrence Understood of ‘The Einstein Theory’: Relativity in Fantasia of the Unconscious and Kangaroo” (Vol. 7, No. 1)
3. Anne M. Thell, Review of Noelle Gallagher’s “Satire as Medicine in the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century: The History of a Metaphor” (Vol. 7, No. 1)

Most Downloaded

September – October 2014

Most Downloaded Articles (all issues):
1. Erika Behrisch Elce, ‘”One Remarkable Evening”: Redemptive Science in Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science‘ (Vol 7, No. 1)
2. Ruth Murphy, ‘Darwin and 1860s Children’s Literature: Belief, Myth or Detritus’ (Vol 5, No. 2)
3. Rachel Crossland, ‘”Multitudinous and Minute”: Early Twentieth-Century Scientific, Literary and Psychological Representations of the Mass’ (Vol 6, No. 2)

Most Downloaded Reviews (all issues):
1. Hannah Brunning, Review of Michael Davis’s “Mind and Matter in The Picture of Dorian Gray” (Vol 7, No. 1)
2. Martin Willis, Review of Ellen Burton Harrington’s ‘Nation, identity and the fascination with forensic science in Sherlock Holmes and CSI’ (Vol 1, No. 1)
3. Ben De Bruyn, Review of Jay Clayton’s “The Ridicule of Time: Science Fiction, Bioethics and the Posthuman” (Vol 6, No. 2)

Most Downloaded

July – August 2014

Most Downloaded Articles (all issues):
1. Shelley Trower, ‘Primitive Rocks: Humphry Davy, Mining, and the Sublime Landscapes of Cornwall’ (Vol. 7, No. 1)
2. Verity Hunt, ‘Electric Leisure: Late Nineteenth-Century Dreams of Remote Viewing by “Telectroscope”‘ (Vol. 7, No. 1)
3. Megan Coyer, ‘The Embodied Damnation of James Hogg’s Justified Sinner’ (Vol. 7, No. 1)

Most Downloaded Reviews (all issues):
1. Anne M. Thell, Review of Noelle Gallagher’s “Satire as Medicine in the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century: The History of a Metaphor” (Vol. 7, No. 1)
2. Hannah Brunning, Review of Michael Davis’s “Mind and Matter in The Picture of Dorian Gray” (Vol. 7, No. 1)
3. Lisa Coar, Review of Jessica Kuskey’s “Our Mutual Engine: The Economics of Victorian Thermodynamics” (Vol. 6, No. 2)

 

JLS/BSLS Essay Prize Winner

We are delighted to announce that this year’s essay prize, offered jointly by the JLS and the British Society for Literature and Science, has been won by Emilie Taylor-Brown of the University of Warwick for her essay ‘(Re)Constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and Their Literary Imaginations’. The judges commented:

“This is an excellent essay which is well-researched, clearly argued, lively and informative. In attending to both the literary and cultural mythologizing of turn-of-the-century parasitology and its practitioners, it adds a fascinating dimension to literature and science scholarship. In particular the committee were impressed with the original archival research, thorough historicist analysis and continually engaging prose of the article. From the beginning it made a compelling case for parasitology’s significance and for the role that literary culture played in promoting this work. The essay illuminates, through a rich account, another example of the complex intertwining of literature and science in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain.”

The JLS extends its congratulations to Emilie on her excellent essay, which will be published in a forthcoming issue, and also our thanks to all the BSLS members who submitted essays to this competition, maintaining both the high standard and wide field set by last year’s entries.

Most Downloaded

May – June 2014

Most Downloaded Articles (all issues):
1. Rachel Crossland, ‘”Multitudinous and Minute”: Early Twentieth-Century Scientific, Literary and Psychological Representations of the Mass’ (Vol 6, No. 2)
2. Josie Gill, ‘Science and Fiction in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth’ (Vol 6, No. 2)
3. Leigh Wilson, ‘”there the facts are”: Andrew Lang, Facts and Fantasy’ (Vol 6, No. 2)

Most Downloaded Reviews (all issues):
1. Ben De Bruyn, Review of Jay Clayton’s “The Ridicule of Time: Science Fiction, Bioethics and the Posthuman” (Vol 6, No. 2)
2. Lisa Coar, Review of Jessica Kuskey’s “Our Mutual Engine: The Economics of Victorian Thermodynamics” (Vol 6, No. 2)
3. Katharine Easterby, Review of C. R. Resetarits’s “Experiments in Sex, Science, Gender, and Genre: Hawthorne’s ‘Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,’ ‘The Birthmark,’ and ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’” (Vol 6, No. 2)