In this title, first published in 1984, Peter Morton argues that in late Victorian Britain a group of novelists and essayists quite consciously sought and found ideas in post-Darwinian biology that were susceptible to imaginative transformation. The period between 1860 and 1900 was a time of great confusion in biology; the natural selection hypothesis was in retreat before its acute critics, and no extension of evolutionary theory to human affairs was too bizarre to attract its quota of enthusiasts. Writers capitalised on this prevailing uncertainty and used it to their own artistic or polemic ends. A fascinating and interdisciplinary title, this reissue will interest students of late Victorian literature, as well as historians of biological theory between The Origin of Species and Mendel.
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Peter A. Morton teaches in the Department of Humanities at Mount Royal College, Calgary. He is the author of A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (Broadview Press, 1997).
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Book Description London, etc.: George Allen & Unwin, 1984., 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. xi, 1 leaf, 257 pp. Original cloth. Two stickers were removed from the front flyleaf, leaving glue residues. Very Good, in dust jacket. This copy does NOT have any library markings. First Edition. ISBN 0048000256. Bookseller Inventory # 15130