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Charles Darwin's the Origin of Species : Texts in Culture - David Amigoni

Charles Darwin's the Origin of Species

Texts in Culture

By: David Amigoni (Editor), Jeff Wallace (Editor)

Paperback Published: 31st March 2013
ISBN: 9780719040252
Number Of Pages: 224

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This volume marks a new approach to a seminal work of the modern scientific imagination: Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species (1859). Darwin's central theory of natural selection neither originated nor could be contained, with the parameters of the natural sciences, but continues to shape and challenge our most basic assumptions about human social and political life.

Several new readings, crossing the fields of history, literature, sociology, anthropology and history of science, demonstrate the complex position of the text within cultural debates past and present. Contributors examine the reception and rhetoric of the Origin and its influence on systems of classification, the nineteenth-century women's movement, literary culture (criticism and practice) and Hinduism in India. At the same time, a re-reading of Darwin and Malthus offers a constructive critique of our attempts to map the hybrid origins and influences of the text.

This volume will be the ideal companion to Darwin's work for all students of literature, social and cultural history and history of science.

Series introduction
A note on the text
Introduction: Difficulty and defamiliarisation - language and process in The Origin of Speciesp. 1
Classification and continuity in The Origin of Speciesp. 47
Science, ideology and culture: Malthus and The Origin of Speciesp. 68
The Origin of Species and the science of female inferiorityp. 95
Proliferation and its discontents: Max Muller, Leslie Stephen, George Eliot and The Origin of Species as representationp. 122
Origins, species, and Great Expectationsp. 152
Hinduism, Darwinism and evolution in late nineteenth-century Indiap. 174
Select bibliographyp. 203
Notes on contributorsp. 207
Indexp. 208
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ISBN: 9780719040252
ISBN-10: 0719040256
Series: Texts in Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 31st March 2013
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34