Literary Darwinism: Evolution, Human Nature, and Literature / Edition 1

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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415970143
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/5/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Carroll is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has published books on Matthew Arnold and Wallace Stevens. In Evolution and Literary Theory (1995) and in his subsequent writing, he has spearheaded the movement to integrate literary study with Darwinian psychology.

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Table of Contents

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
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