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The Resource America's Darwin : Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture, edited by Tina Gianquitto, Lydia Fisher

America's Darwin : Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture, edited by Tina Gianquitto, Lydia Fisher

Label
America's Darwin : Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture
Title
America's Darwin
Title remainder
Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture
Statement of responsibility
edited by Tina Gianquitto, Lydia Fisher
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Editor
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "While much has been written about the impact of Darwin's theories on U.S. culture, and countless scholarly collections have been devoted to the science of evolution, few have addressed the specific details of Darwin's theories as a cultural force affecting U.S. writers. America's Darwin fills this gap and features a range of critical approaches that examine U.S. textual responses to Darwin's works. The scholars in this collection represent a range of disciplines--literature, history of science, women's studies, geology, biology, entomology, and anthropology. All pay close attention to the specific forms that Darwinian evolution took in the United States, engaging not only with Darwin's most famous works, such as On the Origin of Species, but also with less familiar works, such as The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Each contributor considers distinctive social, cultural, and intellectual conditions that affected the reception and dissemination of evolutionary thought, from before the publication of On the Origin of Species to the early years of the twenty-first century. These essays engage with the specific details and language of a wide selection of Darwin's texts, treating his writings as primary sources essential to comprehending the impact of Darwinian language on American writers and thinkers. This careful engagement with the texts of evolution enables us to see the broad points of its acceptance and adoption in the American scene; this approach also highlights the ways in which writers, reformers, and others reconfigured Darwinian language to suit their individual purposes. America's Darwin demonstrates the many ways in which writers and others fit themselves to a narrative of evolution whose dominant motifs are contingency and uncertainty. Collectively, the authors make the compelling case that the interpretation of evolutionary theory in the U.S. has always shifted in relation to prevailing cultural anxieties"--
  • "The 16 essays in this collection explore the distinctive qualities of America's textual engagement with Darwinism--the ways in which Darwinian language and theories have made their way into American Literary and cultural texts, providing writers a new vocabulary to describe human affairs and interactions with other living organisms. The editors argue that attention to the specifics of Darwin's place in the American scene is vital in light of the particularities of the reception and uses of evolutionary theory in the U.S.--i.e. the nation's melting pot identity, its slave past, its particular brands of social Darwinism, and its school of Pragmatist philosophy. In her review of the proposal, Laura Dassow Walls pointed out that one of the most exciting aspects of this project is that the editors and authors are reading a wide range of Darwin's own texts and thereby recovering the Darwin that Americans actually encountered, the more subtle and challenging Darwin who energized modernist American literature, not the Social Darwinist constructed by Herbert Spencer"--
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N$T
Dewey number
810.9/356
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS169.S413
LC item number
A44 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Gianquitto, Tina
  • Fisher, Lydia
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  • Darwin, Charles
  • American literature
  • Literature and science
  • Evolution (Biology) in literature
  • Social Darwinism in literature
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Darwin, Charles
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • SCIENCE
  • American literature
  • Evolution (Biology) in literature
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Literature and science
  • Social Darwinism in literature
  • United States
  • Evolutionstheorie
  • Rezeption
  • Literatur
  • Amerikanisches Englisch
  • Verenigde Staten
Label
America's Darwin : Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture, edited by Tina Gianquitto, Lydia Fisher
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Publication
Note
Includes index
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Textual responses to Darwinian theory in the U.S. scene / Tina Gianquitto and Lydia Fisher -- Theorizing uncertainty : Charles Darwin and William James on emotion / Gregory Eiselein -- "The long road" : John Burroughs and Charles Darwin, 1862-1921 / Jeff Walker -- Darwin and the prairie origins of American entomology : Benjamin D. Walsh, pioneer visionary / Carol Anelli -- Darwin's year and Melville's "New ancient of days" / Karen Lentz Madison and R.D. Madison -- Darwinism and the "stored beauty" of culture in Edith Wharton's writing / Paul Ohler -- "A world which is not all in, and never will be" : Darwinism, pragmatist thinking, and modernist poetry / Heike Schaefer -- Sexual selection and the economics of marriage : "female choice" in the writings of Edward Bellamy and Charlotte Perkins Gilman / Kimberly A. Hamlin -- American reform Darwinism meets Russian mutual aid : utopian feminism in Mary Bradfey Lane's Mizora / Lydia Fisher -- The loud echo of a "far-distant past" : Darwin, Norris, and the clarity of anger / Melanie Dawson -- Criminal botany : progress, degeneration, and Darwin's Insectivorous plants / Tina Gianquitto -- Bodies, words, and works : Charles Darwin and Lewis Henry Morgan on human-animal relations / Gillian Feeley-Harnik -- "The power of choice" : Darwinian concepts of animal mind in Jack London's dog stories / Lilian Carswell -- T.C. Boyle's neoevolutionary queer ecologies : questioning species in "Descent of man" and "Dogology" / Nicole M. Merola -- Ape meets primatologist : post-Darwinian interspecies romances / Virginia Richter
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880878115
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780820346908
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unknown
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
40023903871
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not applicable
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Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)880878115
Label
America's Darwin : Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture, edited by Tina Gianquitto, Lydia Fisher
Publication
Note
Includes index
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Textual responses to Darwinian theory in the U.S. scene / Tina Gianquitto and Lydia Fisher -- Theorizing uncertainty : Charles Darwin and William James on emotion / Gregory Eiselein -- "The long road" : John Burroughs and Charles Darwin, 1862-1921 / Jeff Walker -- Darwin and the prairie origins of American entomology : Benjamin D. Walsh, pioneer visionary / Carol Anelli -- Darwin's year and Melville's "New ancient of days" / Karen Lentz Madison and R.D. Madison -- Darwinism and the "stored beauty" of culture in Edith Wharton's writing / Paul Ohler -- "A world which is not all in, and never will be" : Darwinism, pragmatist thinking, and modernist poetry / Heike Schaefer -- Sexual selection and the economics of marriage : "female choice" in the writings of Edward Bellamy and Charlotte Perkins Gilman / Kimberly A. Hamlin -- American reform Darwinism meets Russian mutual aid : utopian feminism in Mary Bradfey Lane's Mizora / Lydia Fisher -- The loud echo of a "far-distant past" : Darwin, Norris, and the clarity of anger / Melanie Dawson -- Criminal botany : progress, degeneration, and Darwin's Insectivorous plants / Tina Gianquitto -- Bodies, words, and works : Charles Darwin and Lewis Henry Morgan on human-animal relations / Gillian Feeley-Harnik -- "The power of choice" : Darwinian concepts of animal mind in Jack London's dog stories / Lilian Carswell -- T.C. Boyle's neoevolutionary queer ecologies : questioning species in "Descent of man" and "Dogology" / Nicole M. Merola -- Ape meets primatologist : post-Darwinian interspecies romances / Virginia Richter
Control code
880878115
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780820346908
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
40023903871
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • d76d1f4a-7c9c-4114-b8b3-1ac70f28a65d
  • 22573/ctt175v2kz
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)880878115

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