Edith Whartons Evolutionary Conception: Darwinian Allegory in the Major Novels Paul J. Ohler

ISBN: 9780415880060

Published: January 19th 2010

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Edith Whartons Evolutionary Conception: Darwinian Allegory in the Major Novels  by  Paul J. Ohler

Edith Whartons Evolutionary Conception: Darwinian Allegory in the Major Novels by Paul J. Ohler
January 19th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 18 pages | ISBN: 9780415880060 | 3.31 Mb

Edith Whartons Evolutionary Conception investigates Edith Whartons engagement with evolutionary theory in The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, and The Age of Innocence. The book also examines The Descent of Man, The Fruit of the Tree,MoreEdith Whartons Evolutionary Conception investigates Edith Whartons engagement with evolutionary theory in The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, and The Age of Innocence.

The book also examines The Descent of Man, The Fruit of the Tree, Twilight Sleep, and The Children to show that Whartons interest in biology and sociology was central to the thematic and formal elements of her fiction. Ohler argues that Wharton depicts the complex interrelations of New Yorks gentry and socioeconomic elite from a perspective informed by the main concerns of evolutionary thought. Concentrating on her use of ideas she encountered in works by Darwin, Herbert Spencer, and T.H.

Huxley, his readings of Whartons major novels demonstrate the literary configuration of scientific ideas she drew on and, in some cases, disputed. R.W.B. Lewis writes that Wharton was passionately addicted to scientific study: this book explores the ramifications of this fact for her fictional sociobiology.The book explores the ways in which Edith Whartons scientific interests shaped her analysis of class, affected the formal properties of her fiction, and resulted in her negative valuation of social Darwinism.



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