Charles Darwin's Looking Glass: The Theory of Evolution and the Life of its Author in Contemporary British Fiction and Non-Fiction

Charles Darwin's Looking Glass: The Theory of Evolution and the Life of its Author in Contemporary British Fiction and Non-Fiction

by Dominika Oramus

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Overview

The book offers a comparative analysis of diverse Darwinism-inspired discourses such as post-modern novels, science fiction, popular science and nature films. Analysing the uses of the evolutionary discourse in recent literature and films, the study demonstrates how natural science influences the contemporary humanities and how literary conventions are used to make scientific and popular-science texts intelligible and attractive. Charles Darwin's Looking Glass shows how and why today's culture gazes upon the myth of Darwin, his theory, and his life in order to find its own reflection.


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ISBN-13: 9783631658703
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 05/31/2015
Series: Transatlantic Studies in British and North American Culture Series , #11
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dominika Oramus is professor at the University of Warsaw. She teaches at the Institute of English Studies. Her special interests are 20th century British fiction and the poetics of postmodernism, Angela Carter and J.G. Ballard.

Table of Contents

Contents: Recent Fiction and Non-Fiction about Charles Darwin and Emma Darwin - Echoes of the Mid-19th-Century Spiritual Crisis and the Motif of Human Evolution in Contemporary Texts referencing Charles Darwin - Darwin's Problem with Human Ancestry as Reflected in Recent Fiction - Darwinism and the Humanities.

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