Modernism And Eugenics: Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, And The Culture Of Degeneration by Donald J. ChildsModernism And Eugenics: Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, And The Culture Of Degeneration by Donald J. Childs

Modernism And Eugenics: Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, And The Culture Of Degeneration

byDonald J. Childs

Paperback | February 12, 2007

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In Modernism and Eugenics, Donald Childs reveals how Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, and W.B. Yeats believed in eugenics, the science of racial improvement, and adapted this scientific discourse to the language and purposes of the modern imagination. He traces the impact of the eugenics movement on such modernist works as Mrs. Dalloway, The Waste Land, and Yeats's late poetry and early plays. This is an original study of a controversial theme which reveals the centrality of eugenics in the life and work of several major modernist writers.
Donald Childs is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Ottawa.
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Title:Modernism And Eugenics: Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, And The Culture Of DegenerationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:February 12, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521033306

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Virginia Woolf's hereditary taint; 2. Boers, whores, and Mongols in Mrs Dalloway; 3. Body and biology in A Room of One's Own; 4. Eliot on biology and birthrates; 5. To breed or not to breed: the Eliots' question; 6. Fatal fertility in The Waste Land; 7. The late eugenics of W. B. Yeats; 8. Yeats and stirpiculture; 9. Yeats and The Sexual Question; Notes; Index.

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"investigates the influence of eugenics upon the lives and works of three modernist writers... Childs makes a knowledgeable case..." English Literature In Transition 1880-1920