Reading Edith Wharton Through a Darwinian Lens: Evolutionary Biological Issues in Her Fiction by Judith P. Saunders, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Reading Edith Wharton Through a Darwinian Lens: Evolutionary Biological Issues in Her Fiction

Reading Edith Wharton Through a Darwinian Lens: Evolutionary Biological Issues in Her Fiction

by Judith P. Saunders
     
 

Beneath the polished surface of the genteel environments delineated in Wharton's fiction, characters are competing fiercely for desirable mates, questing for social status and resources, and plotting ruthlessly to advance their relatives' fortunes in life. This book identifies these and other evolutionary issues central to her fiction, demonstrating their

Overview

Beneath the polished surface of the genteel environments delineated in Wharton's fiction, characters are competing fiercely for desirable mates, questing for social status and resources, and plotting ruthlessly to advance their relatives' fortunes in life. This book identifies these and other evolutionary issues central to her fiction, demonstrating their significance in terms of character, setting, plot, and theme. Connections to existing Wharton criticism are made throughout the book, so that readers can see how an evolutionary perspective enriches, refutes, or reconfigures insights derived from other critical approaches.

Editorial Reviews

The Evolutionary Review
wonderfully insightful...Saunders has done the world of Wharton criticism a great service in illuminating the depth of the novelist's Darwinian obsessions. Saunders has synthesized an incredible amount of material and thought deeply about how it all fits together. Her prose is fast-paced, consistently interesting, and informative. Yet she never lets her own material overwhelm Wharton's material, an extraordinarily rare virtue in any critic and one almost never found in a critic who is applying a new theory to a canonical author
Edith Wharton Review
well written and well researched...fascinating
Literary Matters
definitive

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786440023
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/09/2009
Pages:
249
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Judith P. Saunders, a professor of English at Marist College in New York State, has published works on a wide range of literary topics. Her contributions to Edith Wharton scholarship may be found in a variety of academic journals and textbook editions.

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