Literature and mathematics: the difference
Abstract:This article approaches the difference between literature and mathematics by considering the role it played in debates about the place in literature of difference in general over the last few decades. This leads on to questions about which literary texts are most likely to invoke mathematical elements. For instance, is there a correlation between gender or genre and an interest in mathematics? Do the texts which are most concerned with the mathematical tend to play down or to emphasize the difference between it and literature, to figure the relationship between the two as a difference or as an equation? And, especially, are such (mathematical) questions about generalizations useful, pertinent, desirable in the study of literary texts?
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2007
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- Journal of Romance Studies promotes innovative critical work in the areas of linguistics, literature, performing and visual arts, media, material culture, intellectual and cultural history, critical and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, gender studies, social sciences, and anthropology. The primary focus is on those parts of the world that speak, or have spoken, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese, but work on other cultures may be included. Issues cross national and disciplinary boundaries in order to stimulate new ways of thinking about cultural history and practice.
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