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Imagining a Place in Nature: Using Evolution to Explain the Early Evolutionary Imagination in Literature


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Title: Imagining a Place in Nature: Using Evolution to Explain the Early Evolutionary Imagination in Literature
Authors: Jonsson, Emelie
Issue Date: 19-Oct-2017
University: Göteborgs universitet. Humanistiska fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Arts
Institution: Department of Languages and Literatures ; Institutionen för språk och litteraturer
Date of Defence: 2017-11-18
Disputation: Lördag den 18 november 2017, kl. 10.15, T302, Gamla Hovrätten, Olof Wijksgatan 6
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Publication type: Doctoral thesis
Keywords: Victorian literature
Darwinism
evolutionary humanities
naturalistic cosmology
two cultures
mythology
Abstract: After Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, Victorian literature overflowed with images of man’s new place in nature. Those images can be explained by modern research that builds on Darwin’s theory: the evolutionary social sciences and evolutionary literary theory. Humans are predisposed to focus on the human life cycle and the threats and rewards that most commonly attend it. Our cosmic stories about ourselves—from world religions to tribal mythologies—tend to depict the universe i... more
ISBN: 978-91-983302-8-1
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/53838
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Theses from University of Gothenburg / Doktorsavhandlingar från Göteborgs universitet
Doctoral Theses / Doktorsavhandlingar Institutionen för språk och litteraturer

 

 

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