Darwins Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction by Gillian BeerDarwins Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction by Gillian Beer

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

byGillian Beer

Hardcover | June 22, 2009

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Gillian Beer's classic Darwin's Plots, one of the most influential works of literary criticism and cultural history of the last quarter century, is here reissued in an updated edition to coincide with the anniversary of Darwin's birth and of the publication of The Origin of Species. Its focus on how writers, including George Eliot, Charles Kingsley and Thomas Hardy, responded to Darwin's discoveries and to his innovations in scientific language continues to open up new approaches to Darwin's thought and to its effects in the culture of his contemporaries. This 2009 third edition includes an important new essay that investigates Darwin's concern with consciousness across all forms of organic life. It demonstrates how this fascination persisted throughout his career and affected his methods and discoveries. With an updated bibliography reflecting recent work in the field, this book will retain its place at the heart of Victorian studies.
Title:Darwins Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century FictionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:June 22, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521767695

ISBN - 13:9780521767699

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Table of Contents

Foreword George Levine; Preface to second edition; Introduction; Part I. Darwin's Language: 1. 'Pleasure like a tragedy': imagination and the material world; 2. Fit and misfitting: anthropomorphism and the natural order; Part II. Darwin's Plots: 3. Analogy, metaphor and narrative in The Origin; 4. Darwinian myths; 5. George Eliot: Middlemarch; 6. George Eliot: Daniel Deronda and the idea of a future life; 7. Descent and sexual selection: women in narrative; 8. Finding a scale for the human: plot and writing in Hardy's novels; 9. Darwin and the consciousness of others; Select bibliography of primary works.

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'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 form. It must be read by the scientist, the student of Victorian thought and art and the educated person in the street. ... The book is so exciting as a work of literary criticism - among much else - that it must provoke and disturb old interpretations and judgements.' Barbara Hardy, New Statesman