Physics in Carnacki’s Investigations: the Role of New Scientific Discoveries in Literature
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 1, Issue 1, July 2013, Pages: 11-15
Received: Jul. 5, 2013; Published: Aug. 10, 2013
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Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
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In the stories of Carnacki, a fictional supernatural detective created by the English writer William H. Hodgson, and written between 1910 and 1913, we can find an interesting mixture of science and fantasy. Carnacki is a ghost finder, who investigates in an environment where supernatural is occurring. However, we find that he is using scientific discoveries and technologies of the beginning of the 20th century to reveal the hidden clues leading to the solution of the mysteries. Therefore, bringing the modern science into the fiction, Carnacki’s investigations are mirroring some of the popular knowledge of physics and technology of that time.
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English Literature, History of Science
To cite this article
Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, Physics in Carnacki’s Investigations: the Role of New Scientific Discoveries in Literature, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2013, pp. 11-15. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20130101.13
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