PREFACE Literature is a field of confrontation and counterposition between the different branches of knowledge and experience where interdisciplinary ideas and discourses from the various fields of philosophy, science, psychoanalysis and critical theory meet and blur the boundaries between the narrative genres. Thus literature participates in a wider cultural discourse which aims at exploring the nature of critique and the relationship between scientific accuracy and humanistic knowledge, between truth and meaning, knowledge and understanding and leads to the overlapping of humanistic and scientific cultures. "The issue of science cannot remain a peripheral interest in literary criticism, because it expands the idea of literature, introducing a polycentric dialect of cultural forms and codes."I 1 D. Carpi, "Literature and science: the state of the Art in Contemporary Criticism", in D. Carpi (ed.), "Science and Literature in Focus" in Anglistik, 15. Jahresgang, Heft 1, Heidelberg, Winter, 2004, p. 51. 5
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