Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 28, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 277 pages
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This revised edition of Professor Dame Gillian Beer's highly acclaimed book incorporates a new preface by the author and foreword by the distinguished American scholar George Levine.'The only problem with this book is deciding what to praise first. It draws on a breadth of knowledge in many fields, its literary readings are alert and original, it has a profound grasp of idea and for m. It must be read by the scientist, the student of Victorian thought and art and the educated person in the street. ' Barbara Hardy, New Statesman
  

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Darwin's Plots is a fascinating piece of literary criticism, showing both how Darwin was influenced by literature and how literature was influence Darwin. The way Beer draws out the literary ... Read full review

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Anyone who loves George Eliot or the novels of Thomas Hardy will like this book for its connection of those authors and books with the big unavoidable presence of Charles Darwin -- even in ficiton. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
II The second blow
8
III Problems of knowledge
14
Darwins language
23
Pleasure like a tragedy imagination and the material world
25
Fit and misfitting anthropomorphism and the natural order
44
Darwins plots
71
Analogy metaphor and narrative in The Origin
73
Responses George Eliot and Thomas Hardy
137
George Eliot Middlemarch
139
II Structure and hypothesis
148
III The web of affinities
156
George Eliot Daniel Deronda and the idea of a future life
169
Descent and sexual selection women in narrative
196
Finding a scale for the human plot and writing in Hardys novels
220
Notes
242

Darwinian myths
97
I Growth and its myths
99
Darwinian romance
114

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Gillian Beer is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge.

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