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
  • 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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521743613

ISBN-13: 9780521743617

Pub. Date: 05/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Gillian Beer's classic Darwin's Plots, one of the most influential works of literary criticism and cultural history of the last quarter century, is here reissued in an updated edition to coincide with the anniversary of Darwin's birth and of the publication of The Origin of Species. Its focus on how writers, including George Eliot, Charles Kingsley and Thomas Hardy

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Gillian Beer's classic Darwin's Plots, one of the most influential works of literary criticism and cultural history of the last quarter century, is here reissued in an updated edition to coincide with the anniversary of Darwin's birth and of the publication of The Origin of Species. Its focus on how writers, including George Eliot, Charles Kingsley and Thomas Hardy, responded to Darwin's discoveries and to his innovations in scientific language continues to open up new approaches to Darwin's thought and to its effects in the culture of his contemporaries. This third edition includes an important new essay that investigates Darwin's concern with consciousness across all forms of organic life. It demonstrates how this fascination persisted throughout his career and affected his methods and discoveries. With an updated bibliography reflecting recent work in the field, this book will retain its place at the heart of Victorian studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521743617
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword George Levine; Preface to second edition; Introduction; Part I. Darwin's Language: 1. 'Pleasure like a tragedy': imagination and the material world; 2. Fit and misfitting: anthropomorphism and the natural order; Part II. Darwin's Plots: 3. Analogy, metaphor and narrative in The Origin; 4. Darwinian myths; 5. George Eliot: Middlemarch; 6. George Eliot: Daniel Deronda and the idea of a future life; 7. Descent and sexual selection: women in narrative; 8. Finding a scale for the human: plot and writing in Hardy's novels; 9. Darwin and the consciousness of others; Select bibliography of primary works.

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