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Giants of the Past: Popular Fictions and the Idea of Evolution

Lisa Hopkins

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ISBN 10: 0838755763 / ISBN 13: 9780838755761
Published by Bucknell Univ Pr
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Title: Giants of the Past: Popular Fictions and the...

Publisher: Bucknell Univ Pr

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:GOOD

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This book considers the ways in which the idea of evolution has been used in popular fiction, focusing mainly on novels of the Victorian and Edwardian periods but also including a closing section on Steven Spielberg's first two Jurassic Park films. The book's overall argument is that in many of these texts the version of origins proffered by Darwinian theory is suggestively played off against both the version of human origins offered by Milton (and, the book suggests, implicitly supported by Shakespeare) and the version of national origins offered by Virgil and by the myth of Brutus, legendary grandson of Aeneas and supposed first founder of Britain. Nevertheless, although these novels tend to give such prominence to alternatives to Darwinian theory, they are also very ready to draw on any aspects of it which will lend support to their own agendas, especially when it comes to drawing sharp distinctions between races and sexes. Although Darwinian theory posed challenges to contemporary orthodoxies and pieties, it could thus also be used in the support of some of them.

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Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at University of Sheffield Hallam. She has published numerous works on Shakespeare including her most recent work, "Beginning Shakespeare "(2005) and has written on film adaptations including "Screening the Gothic". She is the Senior Editor of the online journal, Early Modern Literary Studies.

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