The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin by Fiona J. Stafford

The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

byFiona J. Stafford

Hardcover | December 1, 1995

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This is an innovative and wide-ranging study of the myth of 'The Last of the Race' as it develops in a range of literary and non-literary texts from the late seventeenth to late nineteenth centuries.The perennial fascination with the end of the world has given rise to many 'last men', from the ancient myths of Noah and Deucalion to contemporary stories of nuclear holocaust. Endangered peoples such as the Maasai or Bush People, continue to attract intense interest. Fiona Stafford begins withMilton and ends with Darwin, exploring the myth-making of their texts in the light of contemporary literary, scientific, political and religious views. Chapters on Milton, Burnet, Defoe, Ossian, Cowper, Wordsworth, Byron, Mary Shelley, Fenimore Cooper, Bulwer-Lytton, and Darwin combine to form animportant account of the traces of this most resonant of cultural preoccupations, providing a distinguished contribution to cultural history as well as to literary studies.

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Fiona J. Stafford is at Somerville College, Oxford.
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Title:The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to DarwinFormat:HardcoverDimensions:338 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019811222X

ISBN - 13:9780198112228

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`Though Shelley is the focus of only one chapter of this wide-ranging study, it is a measure of the book's usefulness that every other chapter can be read as contextualizing and illuminating Shelley and other Romantics, including Wordsworth and Byron ... a work of cultural history, a study ofthe changing representations of a highly overdetermined motif.'Steven Jones, Loyola University, Chicago, The Wordsworth Circle, Autumn '96