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Literature After Darwin: Human Beasts in Western Fiction, 1859-1939 (Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture) [Hardcover]

Virginia Richter

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1 Feb 2011 Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
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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Literature after Darwin provides a historically embedded and theoretically informed analysis of the deep anxieties which pervade Victorian and Modernist literary engagements with evolution theory

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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 on Darwinism and on Victorian and Modernist literature and culture.

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