The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

by Fiona J. Stafford
     
 

ISBN-10: 019811222X

ISBN-13: 9780198112228

Pub. Date: 08/11/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


The perennial fascination with the end of the world has given rise to many "last men," from the ancient myths of Noah and Deucalion to contemporary stories of nuclear holocaust. This is an innovative and wide-ranging study of the myth of the "Last of the Race" as it develops in a range of literary and non-literary texts from the late seventeenth to late nineteenth…  See more details below

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The perennial fascination with the end of the world has given rise to many "last men," from the ancient myths of Noah and Deucalion to contemporary stories of nuclear holocaust. This is an innovative and wide-ranging study of the myth of the "Last of the Race" as it develops in a range of literary and non-literary texts from the late seventeenth to late nineteenth centuries. Examinations of works by Milton, Burnet, Defoe, Ossian, Cowper, Wordsworth, Byron, Mary Shelley, Fenimore Cooper, Bulwer-Lytton, and Darwin combine to form an important account of the traces of this most resonant of cultural preoccupations, providing a distinguished contribution to cultural history as well as to literary studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198112228
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/11/1994
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile:
1610L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
1'Betwixt the World destroyed and World restored': Milton and the Universal Rack12
2The First Last Man? Thomas Burnet and the Revolution in Time34
3Towards the Last of the Race: Robinson Crusoe as Sole Survivor56
4The Last Bards83
5'Shortliv'd as foliage is the race of man': The Last of the Race and the Natural World109
6'Strength in what remains behind': Wordsworth and the Last of the Race134
7'As the last of my race I must wither away': The Sixth Lord Byron160
8The Last Men197
9New Ideas of Race: The Last of the Mohicans232
10Edward Bulwer and the 'Terror of History'261
11The Last Chapter: After Darwin289
Bibliography308
Index321

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