The Intersection of Science and Literature in the works of Robert Louis Stevenson

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Amar Pratap Singh


The works of Robert Louis Stevenson depict his intense fascination in exploring scientific matters in his literary arena marking his keen interest in areas of psychology, anthropology and aspects of evolutionary theory. In works, such as “Treasure Island” and “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, Stevenson uses theories on psychology to interpret and present his characters, there by portraying intersection of science and literature. The life of Stevenson evidently shows the author’s attempts to learn significance of science in explaining and comprehending the mysteries of universe. It is this same interest that influences Stevenson in using his understanding of science to frame the psyche of his own characters. The literary style of imparting scientific knowledge to illustrate one’s characters and draw the narratives eventually opens a new scope of literary technique that develops intersection of science and fiction. The study and analysis of Robert Louis Stevenson’s works help contribute to the debates and discussions on interweaving of fiction and science by opening up various narrative styles and techniques of writing.

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