novelists attempt to emulate scientific discourse and repeatedly borrow the assumptions, concepts, and paradigms of scientific writing in an attempt either to synthesize fiction and science, or to make fiction the scientific project and notation of social and historical relations. This interpretive ambiguity is present from the beginning to the end of Fiction Rivals Science, and remains a positive sign insofar as it marks theory's resistance to its object and, in future works on this topic, a hermeneutic boundary to be surpassed. Ziegler, Robert. Beauty Raises the Dead: Literature and Loss in the Fin de Siècle. Newark: U of Delaware P, 2002. Pp. 189. ISBN 0-87413-773-X Jennifer Forrest, Southwest Texas State University Beauty Raises the Dead is the book of a scholar who has published more on Decadent authors than perhaps any other nineteenth-century specialist, and this long before it became a fashionable research subject. His unwavering focus on the literary productions of a wide range of writers (from Jean Lorrain to Marcel Schwob, Octave Mirbeau, and Catulles Mendès, to name a few) has been a contribution of immeasurable value to the field. It is remarkable that Beauty Raises the Dead, Ziegler's first book, comes after, and not
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