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

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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.
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"A significant and wide-ranging work that will appeal to cultural critics, anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, and literary critics."--Choice

"...always interesting and often quite genuinely illuminating. Stafford's broad understanding of literary, scientific, religious, and historical developments during nearly 2 1/2 centuries has resulted in a book that is at once intellectually stimulating and immensely satisfying."--Seventeenth-Century News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198112228
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/11/1994
  • Pages: 344
  • Lexile: 1610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 'Betwixt the World destroyed and World restored': Milton and the Universal Rack 12
2 The First Last Man? Thomas Burnet and the Revolution in Time 34
3 Towards the Last of the Race: Robinson Crusoe as Sole Survivor 56
4 The Last Bards 83
5 'Shortliv'd as foliage is the race of man': The Last of the Race and the Natural World 109
6 'Strength in what remains behind': Wordsworth and the Last of the Race 134
7 'As the last of my race I must wither away': The Sixth Lord Byron 160
8 The Last Men 197
9 New Ideas of Race: The Last of the Mohicans 232
10 Edward Bulwer and the 'Terror of History' 261
11 The Last Chapter: After Darwin 289
Bibliography 308
Index 321
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