Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction / Edition 3

Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction / Edition 3

by Gillian Beer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521767695

ISBN-13: 9780521767699

Pub. Date: 06/22/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Updated for the anniversary year, Gillian Beer's classic Darwin's Plots continues to open up new approaches to Darwin's thinking and to its effects in the culture of his contemporaries. This third edition includes an updated bibliography and a new essay about his concern with consciousness across all forms of life.

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Updated for the anniversary year, Gillian Beer's classic Darwin's Plots continues to open up new approaches to Darwin's thinking and to its effects in the culture of his contemporaries. This third edition includes an updated bibliography and a new essay about his concern with consciousness across all forms of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521767699
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/22/2009
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword George Levine ix

Preface to the first edition xv

Preface to the second edition xvii

Preface to the third edition xxxiii

Introduction 1

I The remnant of the mythical 1

II 'The second blow' 8

III Problems of knowledge 14

Part I Darwin's language 23

1 'Pleasure like a tragedy': imagination and the material world 25

2 Fit and misfitting: anthropomorphism and the natural order 44

Part II Darwin's plots 71

3 Analogy, metaphor and narrative in The Origin 73

4 Darwinian myths 97

I Growth and its myths 97

II Growth and transformation 97

III Transformation, retrogression, extinction: Darwinian romance 114

Part III Responses: George Eliot and Thomas Hardy 137

5 George Eliot: Middlemarch 139

I The vital influence 139

II Structure and hypothesis 148

III The web of affinities 156

6 George Eliot: Daniel Deronda and the idea of a future life 169

7 Descent and sexual selection: women in narrative 196

8 Finding a scale for the human: plot and writing in Hardy's novels 220

9 Darwin and the consciousness of others 242

Notes 256

Select bibliography of primary works 282

Further reading related to Charles Darwin 288

Index 290

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