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Reflecting on Darwin

Reflecting on Darwin

Voigts-Virchow, Eckart, editor of compilation; Schaff, Barbara, editor of compilation; Pietrzak-Franger, Monika, editor of compilation

Taking up the historical evolution of Darwin and his theories and the cultural responses they have inspired, this collection looks at Darwin's influence on contemporary media, neo-Victorian literature and culture, science fiction literature and film, and contemporary theory. By examining the plurality of ways in which Darwin has been rewritten and reappropriated, this unique volume both mirrors and inspects the complexity of recent debates in Victorian and neo-Victorian studies

Book. English.
Published Farnham: Ashgate, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Eckart Voigts, Barbara Schaff and Monika Pietrzak-Franger
ISBN: 1472414071, 9781472414076
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 231 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Subject: Science in popular culture.; Evolution (Biology) in motion pictures.; Science fiction History and criticism.; Evolution (Biology) in literature.; Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 Influence.; Literature and science.; Literature.


  1. Introduction: cultural reflections on Darwin and their historical evolution, Monika Pietrzak-Franger and Eckart Voigts
  2. Part 1 The Cultural Evolution of Darwin?s Thought: ?I differ widely from you?: Darwin, Galton and the culture of eugenics, Angelique Richardson
  3. Evolution, heredity and visuality: reading faces with Thomas Hardy, Susanne Scholz
  4. ?How like us is that ugly brute, the ape!?: Darwin?s ?ape theory? and its traces in Victorian children?s magazines, Jochen Petzold
  5. Gender trouble as monkey business: changing roles of simian characters in literature and film between 1870 and 1930, Julika Griem. Part 2 Darwin?s Cultural Resonance Today: Neo-Victorian Darwin: representations of the 19th-century scientist, naturalist and explorer in 21st-century women?s writing, Ann Heilmann
  6. (Mis-)representations of Darwin?s Origin and evolutionary master narratives in The Sea (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), Felix C.H. Sprang
  7. Evolution for better or for worse? Science fiction literature and film and the public debate on the future of humanity, Angela Schwarz. Part 3 Darwin as ?Pop Star? of Contemporary Theory: Displacing humans, reconfiguring Darwin in contemporary culture and theory, Virginia Richter
  8. Ordering Darwin: evolution and normativity, Nils Wilkinson
  9. The limits of sociobiology: is there a sociobiological explanation of culture?, Matthias Gutmann
  10. ?Survival of the fittest? in Darwin metaphysics: tautology or testable theory?, Momme von Sydow
  11. Index.