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Literary Darwinism: evolution, human nature, and literature

Literary Darwinism: evolution, human nature, and literature

Carroll, Joseph, 1949-

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company

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Published New York; London: Routledge, 2004
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Statement of responsibility: Joseph Carroll
ISBN: 0203505271, 9780203505274, 9780415970143
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxvii, 276 p. : ill.
Subject: Literary criticism; Darwin, Charles; Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 Influence.; English fiction 19th century History and criticism.; Adaptation (Biology); Literature History and criticism Theory, etc.; Nature in literature.; Evolution (Biology) in literature.; Human beings in literature.; Science; Social darwinism in literature.; Literature and science Great Britain.; English fiction 20th century History and criticism.
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Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. ILiterary Darwinism
  2. Contents
  3. Introduction
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Part I: Mapping the Disciplinary Landscape
  6. 1 The Use of Arnold in a Darwinian World
  7. 2 Biology and Poststructuralism
  8. 3 "Theory," Anit-Theory, and Empirical Criticism
  9. 4 Out of Eden and to the Left
  10. A Review of John Ellis's Literature Lost: Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities
  11. 5 Literary Study and Evolutionary Theory
  12. A Review of Books by Alexander Argyros, Walter Koch, Karl Kroeber, Robert Storey, Frederick Turner, and Mark Turner
  13. 6 Pinker, Dickens, and the Functions of Literature
  14. 7 Wilson's Consilience and Literary Study
  15. 8 Ecocriticism, Cognitive Ethology, and the Environments of Victorian Fiction
  16. Part 2: Adaptionist Literary Studies: Theory and Practical Criticism
  17. 1 The Deep Structure of Literary Representations
  18. 2 Universals in Literary Study
  19. 3 Human Universals and Literary Meaning
  20. A Sociobiological Critique of Pride and Prejudice, Villette, O Pioneers!, Anna of the Five Towns, and Tess of the d'Ubervilles
  21. 4 Organism, Environment, and Literature
  22. 5 Adaptionist Criteria of Literary Value: Assessing Kurten's Dance of the Tiger, Auel's The Clan of the Cave Bear, and Golding's The Inheritors
  23. 6 Human Nature and Literary Meaning
  24. A Theoretical Model Illustrated with a Critique of Pride and Prejudice
  25. Part 3: Darwin and Darwinism
  26. 1 The Origin of Charles Darwin
  27. A Review of Three Darwin Biographies
  28. 2 Modern Darwinism and the Pseudo-Revolutions of Stephen Jay Gould
  29. References
  30. Index

Author note

Joseph Carrollis Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has published books on Matthew Arnold and Wallace Stevens. In Evolution and Literary Theory (1995) and in his subsequent writing, he has spearheaded the movement to integrate literary study with Darwinian psychology.