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Literary Darwinism: Evolution, Human Nature, and Literature

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In Literary Darwinism, Carroll presents a comprehensive survey of this new movement with a collection of his most important previously published work, along with three new essays. The essays and reviews give commentary on all the major contributors to the field, situate the field as a whole in relation to historical trends and contemporary schools, provide Darwinist readin ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published March 5th 2004 by Routledge (first published February 1st 2004)
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Searching for a link between the humanities and the sciences is contentious territory. Academics in the industry of literary criticism, especially, are loathe to recognize the positive potential of applying findings from the sciences to the study of literature. I strongly suspect that this is a selfish survival instinct, and also a form of cowardice: the thing about scientific theories is that if they are wrong, they may ultimately be proven wrong. The thing with post-modern theoretical leanings ...more
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Darwinist literary criticism? Really?
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If you were ever to misjudge a book by it's cover, it would be this one. I thought it would challenge my belief in intelligent design, but it only has made it stronger.
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Joseph Carroll (b. 1949) is a scholar in the field of literature and evolution. He is currently Curators’ Professor at the University of Missouri-St Louis, where he has taught since 1985.
Evolution and Literary Theory established the field of evolutionary literary studies and
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