God--or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age

God--or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age

by Constance A. Clark
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801888255

ISBN-13: 9780801888250

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

As scholars debate the most appropriate way to teach evolutionary theory, Constance Areson Clark provides an intriguing reflection on similar debates in the not-too-distant past. Set against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, God—or Gorilla explores the efforts of biologists to explain evolution to a confused and conflicted public during the 1920s. Focusing

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As scholars debate the most appropriate way to teach evolutionary theory, Constance Areson Clark provides an intriguing reflection on similar debates in the not-too-distant past. Set against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, God—or Gorilla explores the efforts of biologists to explain evolution to a confused and conflicted public during the 1920s. Focusing on the use of images and popularization, Clark shows how scientists and anti-evolutionists deployed schematics, cartoons, photographs, sculptures, and paintings to win the battle for public acceptance. She uses representative illustrations and popular media accounts of the struggle to reveal how concepts of evolutionary theory changed as they were presented to, and absorbed into, popular culture.

Engagingly written and deftly argued, God—or Gorilla offers original insights into the role of images in communicating—and miscommunicating—scientific ideas to the lay public.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801888250
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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