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
     
 

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. See more details below

Overview

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
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Introduction1
Pt. IDarwin's language23
1'Pleasure like a tragedy': imagination and the material world25
2Fit and misfitting: anthropomorphism and the natural order44
Pt. IIDrawin's plots71
3Analogy, metaphor and narrative in The Origin73
4Darwinian myths97
IGrowth and its myths97
IIGrowth and transformation99
IIITransformation, retrogression, extinction: Darwinian romance114
Pt. IIIResponses: George Eliot and Thomas Hardy137
5George Eliot: Middlemarch139
IThe vital influence139
IIStructure and hypothesis148
IIIThe web of affinities156
6George Eliot: Daniel Deronda and the idea of a future life169
7Descent and sexual selection: women in narrative196
8Finding a scale for the human: plot and writing in Hardy's novels220
Notes242
Select bibliography of primary works267
Index273

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