Introduction: Connectivities Between Literature and Science in the Twenty-First Century

  • Nina Engelhardt
  • Julia Hoydis
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


This introductory chapter situates the book in current discussions in the fields of literature and science studies and twenty-first-century fiction. It introduces the notion of ‘connectivities,’ understood to capture actual states as well as possibilities for connection, and distinguishes it from, respectively, the concepts of ‘two cultures’ and ‘networks’ to allow fresh and unburdened views on representations of science in contemporary fiction. Setting out the organisation of this volume in two main sections, the chapter explains the governing ideas of ‘human connectivities’ and ‘temporal connectivities’ and locates these in contemporary criticism, including conceptualisations of returns to realism and ethics, unbroken interest in the past and the future, and renegotiations of the traditionally speculative views of science fiction and its relations to mainstream literature.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nina Engelhardt
    • 1
  • Julia Hoydis
    • 2
  1. 1.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.University of CologneCologneGermany

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