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Evolution, Literature, and Film : A Reader - Brian Boyd

Evolution, Literature, and Film

A Reader

By: Brian Boyd (Editor), Joseph Carroll (Editor), Jonathan Gottschall (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 10th June 2010
ISBN: 9780231150187
Number Of Pages: 584
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"Evolution, Literature, and Film" offers a comprehensive introduction to what has become the most challenging and widely-discussed new approach to understanding literature and film. Featuring thirty-nine essays by pioneering scholars, scientists, and critics, this collection explains how our universal human nature works its way into diverse cultural forms and how this "biocultural" conception can illuminate many narrative works.

"Evolution, Literature, and Film" opens with an introduction to the principles of evolution, with essays from Charles Darwin on the logic of natural selection; Richard Dawkins on the genetic revolution in modern evolutionary theory; E.O. Wilson on the unity of knowledge; Steven Pinker on evolution's transformation of psychology into a genuinely explanatory science; and David Sloan Wilson on integrating evolutionary theory within cultural critique. Later sections include essays on the adaptive function of the arts; evolutionary literary theory and film theory; interpretive commentaries on specific works of literature and film; and studies that use empirical methods to explore literary problems. Texts under the microscope include folk and fairytales; Homer's "Iliad"; Shakespeare's plays; works by Wordsworth, Dickens, BrontA, and Hurston; narratives in sci-fi, comics, and slash fiction; and films from Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Each essay explains how and why evolution contributes to a study of the human mind, human behavior, culture, and art. With an extensive bibliography suggesting further reading, this volume is an ideal core text for the classroom and an invaluable companion for research on evolution and the arts., reviewing a previous edition or volume

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Introduction Brian Boyd, Joseph Carroll, and Jonathan GottshcallPart I. Evolution and Human Nature Historical Overview1. Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind (2008) David M. BussThe Theory of Evolution2. Recapitulation and Conclusion, from On the Origin of Species (1859) Charles Darwin3. The Digital River (1995) Richard DawkinsHumankind4. General Summary and Conclusion, from The Descent of Man (1871) Charles Darwin5. Man: From Sociobiology to Sociology (1975) Edward O. Wilson6. The Universal People (1991) Donald E. Brown7. Sociobiology at Century's End (2000) Edward O. Wilson8. Evolution and Explanation (2005) Steven Pinker9. Evolutionary Social Constructivism (2005) David Sloan WilsonPart II. The Riddle of Art 10. Art and Adaptation (1997) Steven Pinker11. The Arts and Their Interpretation (1998) Edward O. Wilson12. Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began (2000) Ellen Dissanayake13. Arts of Seduction (2000) Geoffrey Miller14. Does Beauty Build Adapted Minds? Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Aesthetics, by Fiction John Tooby and Leda Cosmides15. The Uses of Fiction (2009) Denis DuttonPart III. Literature by Film 16. Getting It All Wrong: Bioculture Critiques Cultural Critique (2006) Brian Boyd17. Imagining Human Nature Joseph Carroll, by Jonathan Gottschall18. Two Worlds: The Ghost and the Machine (2008) Edward Slingerland 19. Consilient Literary Interpretation (2002) Marcus Nordlund 20. Humanism and Human Nature in the Renaissance (2005) Robin Headlam Wells21. The Reality of Illusion (1996) Joseph Anderson22. Darwin and the Directors: Film, by Emotion Murray Smith23. What Snakes, by Eagles David BordwellPart IV. Interpretations 24. Homeric Women: Re-imagining the Fitness Landscape (2008) Jonathan Gottschall25. New Science, by Old Myth: An Evolutionary Critique of the Oedipal Paradigm (2001) Michelle Scalise Sugiyama26. The Wheel of Fire and the Mating Game: Explaining the Origins of Tragedy and Comedy (2005) Daniel Nettle27. Jealousy in Othello (2007) Marcus Nordlund28. Wordsworth, by Psychoanalysis Nancy Easterlin29. Vindication and Vindictiveness: Oliver Twist (2007) William Flesch30. The Cuckoo's History: Human Nature in Wuthering Heights (2008) Joseph Carroll31. Human Nature, by Utopia Brett Cooke32. Paternal Confidence in Zora Neale Hurston's "The Gilded Six-Bits" Judith P. Saunders33. Character in Citizen Kane (1996) Joseph Anderson34. Convention, by Construction David Bordwell35. Art and Evolution: The Avant-Garde as Test Case: Spiegelman in The Narrative Corpse (2008) Brian BoydPart V. Literature as Laboratory 36. Literature, by Science Jonathan Gottschall37. Slash Fiction and Human Mating Psychology (2004) Catherine Salmon and Donald Symons38. Cultural Variation Is Part of Human Nature: Literary Universals, by Context-Sensitivity Michelle Scalise Sugiyama39. Paleolithic Politics in British Novels of the Longer Nineteenth Century Joseph Carroll, by Jonathan GottschallBibliographyContributorsIndex

ISBN: 9780231150187
ISBN-10: 0231150180
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 584
Published: 10th June 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.57  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.45