Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle by J. ReidRobert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle by J. Reid

Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle

byJ. Reid

Paperback | June 28, 2006

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This fascinating book, now available in paperback, examines Robert Louis Stevenson's writings including key works such as including Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Treasure Island - in the context of late-Victorian evolutionist thought, arguing that an interest in 'primitive' life is at the heart of his work.

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JULIA REID is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research is on late-Victorian Literature and Science and she has published several essays on Stevenson and the evolutionary sciences.
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Title:Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de SiècleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:June 28, 2006Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230230326

ISBN - 13:9780230230323

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Table of Contents

List of Figures * Acknowledgements * Textual Note * Introduction: Stevenson, Evolution, and the 'Primitive' * PART I: '[O]UR CIVILISED NERVES STILL TINGLE WITH...RUDE TERRORS AND PLEASURES': ROMANCE AND EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY * Stevenson and the Art of Fiction * Romance Fiction: 'Stories Round the Savage Camp-fire' * PART II: 'DOWNWARD, DOWNWARD LIES YOUR WAY': DEGENERATION AND PSYCHOLOGY
* 'There was Less Me and More Not-me': Stevenson and Nervous Morbidity * 'Gothic Gnomes': Degenerate Fictions * PART III: STEVENSON AS ANTHROPOLOGIST: CULTURE, FOLKLORE, AND LANGUAGE * 'The Foreigner at Home': Stevenson and Scotland * '[T]he Clans Disarmed, the Chiefs Deposed': Stevenson in the South Seas * Conclusion * Notes *Works Cited * Index

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'Reids outstanding cultural research illustrates how science and literature in the late-Victorian period were mutually imbricated One of the most compelling threads in Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Sicle is its close attention to literary form in the late-Victorian period.'- Renata Kobetts Miller, Journal of Victorian Culture'One of the many strengths of this volume is how its discussion of evolution, degeneration and anthropology affords us a clearer picture of Stevenson's development as a writer, and as a serious critic of cultural conflict and change... Robert Louis Stevenson, Science and the Fin de Sicle is a welcome addition to Stevenson studies' - Linda Dryden, Journal of Stevenson Studies  'Reid's critical faculties are sharp and original, and her research is judicious, wide-ranging and deftly - almost weightlessly - deployed... Reid's book succeeds remarkably at deepening our understanding and appreciation of Stevenson and a broad spectrum of his works' - Thomas L. Reed, Review of English Studies  'Julia Reid's Robert Louis Stevenson, Science and the Fin de Sicle - the latest in Palgrave's impressive and fast-growing Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture series - is a very strong entry in [the] newly emerging canon of Stevenson criticism. Reid's study is the first, moreover, to give extensive treatment to Stevenson's complex and shifting relationship to fin-de-sicle science' - Oliver S. Buckton, Nineteenth-Century Literature  'Robert Louis Stevenson, Science and the Fin de Sicle is a welcome addition to Stevenson studies, for it opens up for scrutiny some of the interstices between disciplinary fields, as well as the transactions between them, and makes a persuasive case for the relevance of this interdisciplinary approach to Stevenson's remarkably diverse and seeming inchoate oeuvre' - Shafquat Towheed, ELT  '[An] excellent addition... to the burgeoning corpus of Stevenson studies' - Christine Ferguson, Victorian Studies