By Anne DeWitt
Nineteenth-century males of technological know-how aligned clinical perform with ethical excellence as a part of an recreation to safe cultural authority for his or her self-discipline. Anne DeWitt examines how novelists from Elizabeth Gaskell to H. G. Wells answered to this alignment. Revising the frequent assumption that Victorian technological know-how and literature have been a part of one tradition, she argues that the professionalization of technology triggered novelists to disclaim that technology provided broadly obtainable ethical advantages. as a substitute, they represented the slender aspirations of the pro as morally hazardous whereas they asserted that ethical issues have been the novel's personal area services. This publication attracts on works of typical theology, renowned lectures, and debates from the pages of periodicals to delineate adjustments within the prestige of technological know-how and to teach how either prevalent and ignored works of Victorian fiction sought to redefine the connection among technological know-how and the novel.