Literature After Darwin: Human Beasts in Western Fiction 1859-1939

Hardcover | February 15, 2011

byVirginia Richter

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What makes us human? Where is the limit between human and animal? These are questions that haunt post-Darwinian literature. Covering fiction from Kipling to Kafka, this study offers a historically embedded analysis of anthropological anxiety in the period between the publication of the Origin of Species and the beginning of the Second World War.

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What makes us human? Where is the limit between human and animal? These are questions that haunt post-Darwinian literature. Covering fiction from Kipling to Kafka, this study offers a historically embedded analysis of anthropological anxiety in the period between the publication of the Origin of Species and the beginning of the Second ...

VIRGINIA RICHTER holds a Chair of Modern English Literature at the University of Berne, Switzerland. Previously, she taught English and Comparative Literature at the Universities of Munich and Göttingen. She was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Kent at Canterbury and the University of Leeds. She has published and lectured widely...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
List of Epigraphs
What Animal? Darwin's Displacement of Man
Creating Connections: Humans, Apes, and Missing Links
Apes and Ape-Men: the Anxiety of Simianation
Missing Links and Lost Worlds: the Anxiety of Assimilation
Cultural Pessimism and Anthropological Anxiety
Notes
Bibliography
Index