Evolution and Imagination in Victorian Children's Literature

Evolution and Imagination in Victorian Children's Literature

by Jessica Straley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107127524
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/06/2016
Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series , #103
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Jessica Straley is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Utah. She has published articles on evolutionary theory, vivisection, and Victorian literature in Victorian Studies and Nineteenth-Century Literature, and has contributed a chapter to Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts, edited by Anna Maria Jones and Rebecca N. Mitchell (2016).

Table of Contents

Introduction: how the child lost its tail; 1. The child's view of nature: Margaret Gatty and the challenge to natural theology; 2. Amphibious tendencies: Charles Kingsley, Herbert Spencer, and evolutionary education; 3. Generic variability: Lewis Carroll, scientific nonsense, and literary parody; 4. The cure of the wild: Rudyard Kipling and evolutionary adolescence at home and abroad; 5. Home grown: Frances Hodgson Burnett and the cultivation of feminine evolution; Conclusion: recapitulation reconsidered.

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