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Titre du document / Document title

Nothing new under the earth: The geology of Jules Verne's journey to the Centre of the Earth = Rien de nouveau sous la terre : la géologie du voyage au centre de la terre de Jules Verne

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

BREYER John (1) ; BUTCHER William (2) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Department of Geology, Texas Christian University, TCU Box 298830, Fort Worth, TX 76129, ETATS-UNIS
(2) 1/F, 46A Lung Mei Village, Taipo, HONG-KONG

Résumé / Abstract

Voyage au centre de la Terre (1864, 1867: Journey to the Centre of the Earth) by Jules Verne (1828-1905) has been a bestseller in both French and English for well over a century. Literary scholars, however, have taken an almost exclusively intrinsic approach to studying the novel, without referring to its sources or writing. The source of the science has not been documented. Louis Figuier (1819-1894), a contemporary and compatriot of Verne, was a prolific writer on scientific and technological matters for the general public. His La Terre avant le déluge (1863: The World before the Deluge) sold an unprecedented 25,000 copies in four French editions in less than two years. Much of the scientific information in Verne's novel was taken directly from this work. Venue incorporates scientific details and concepts treated by Figuier in La Terre in the Journey and describes and discusses them in nearly identical language. Exact numbers are duplicated and lengthy lists are reproduced in the same order. The borrowing is widespread and blatant. Venie, nonetheless, exhibits considerable skill in integrating the material borrowed from Figuier into the Journey and interpreting it in specifically literary terms.

Revue / Journal Title

Earth sciences history    ISSN  0736-623X 

Source / Source

2003, vol. 22, no1, pp. 36-54 [19 page(s) (article)] (19 ref.)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, ETATS-UNIS  (1982) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Evolution

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Teleology

;

Theory

;

Book

;

Century 19

;

Earth

;

Verne (J.)

;

Geology

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Figuier (L.)

;

Evolution

;

Téléologie

;

Théorie

;

Livre

;

Siècle 19

;

Terre

;

Verne (J.)

;

Géologie

;

Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Evoluciňn

;

TeleologÍa

;

TeorÍa

;

Libro

;

Siglo 19

;

Tierra

;

Verne (J.)

;

GeologÍa

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 25846, 35400011255099.0020

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 15002397



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