Literary Darwinism : evolution, human nature, and literature / Joseph Carroll

Author(s): Carroll, Joseph, 1949-
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Subjects: English fiction--19th century--History and criticism
Evolution (Biology) in literature
English fiction--20th century--History and criticism
Literature--History and criticism--Theory, etc
Literature and science--Great Britain
Social Darwinism in literature
Human beings in literature
Adaptation (Biology)
Nature in literature
Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882--Influence
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : Routledge, 2004
LC Classification: P, PR
Physical Description: xxvii, 276 p. ; 24 cm
Table of Contents: Introduction
Pt. 1. Mapping the Disciplinary Landscape
1. The Use of Arnold in a Darwinian World 3
2. Biology and Poststructuralism 15
3. "Theory," Anti-Theory, and Empirical Criticism 29
4. Out of Eden and to the Left: A Review of John Ellis's Literature Lost: Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities 41
5. Literary Study and Evolutionary Theory: A Review of Books by Alexander Argyros, Walter Koch, Karl Kroeber, Robert Storey, Frederick Turner, and Mark Turner 45
6. Pinker, Dickens, and the Functions of Literature 63
7. Wilson's Consilience and Literary Study 69
8. Ecocriticism, Cognitive Ethology, and the Environments of Victorian Fiction 85
Pt. 2. Adaptationist Literary Studies: Theory and Practical Criticism
1. The Deep Structure of Literary Representations 103
2. Universals in Literary Study 117
3. Human Universals and Literary Meaning: A Sociobiological Critique of Pride and Prejudice, Villette, O Pioneers!, Anna of the Five Towns, and Tess of the d'Urbervilles 129
4. Organism, Environment, and Literature 147
5. Adaptationist Criteria of Literary Value: Assessing Kurten's Dance of the Tiger, Auel's The Clan of the Cave Bear, and Golding's The Inheritors 163
6. Human Nature and Literary Meaning: A Theoretical Model Illustrated with a Critique of Pride and Prejudice 187
Pt. 3. Darwin and Darwinism
1. The Origin of Charles Darwin: A Review of Three Darwin Biographies 219
2. Modern Darwinism and the Pseudo-Revolutions of Stephen Jay Gould 227
References 247
Index 265
Notes: LCCN: 2003017569
ISBN: 041597013X (alk. paper)
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ISBN: 0415970148 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-263) and index
OCLC Number: 52838536
ISBN/ISSN: 041597013X