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[David_Amigoni] Colonies, Cults and Evolution in Literature

[David_Amigoni] Colonies, Cults and Evolution in Literature

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COLONIES, CULTS AND EVOLUTION
The concept of culture, now such an important term within boththe arts and the sciences, is a legacy of the nineteenth century. By closely analysing writings by evolutionary scientists such as CharlesDarwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and Herbert Spencer, alongside thoseof literary figures including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Arnold, ButlerandGosse,DavidAmigonishowshowthemodernconceptof culture’developed out of the interdisciplinary interactions between literature,philosophy, anthropology, colonialism, and, in particular, Darwin’stheories of evolution. He goes on to explore the relationship betweenliteratureandevolutionarysciencebyarguingthatculturewasseenlessasasingularideaorconcept,andmoreasaeldofdebateandconflict.This timely and highly original book includes much new material onthe history of evolutionary thought and its cultural impact, and willbe of interest to scholars of intellectual and scientific history as wellas of literature.
David Amigoni
 is Professor of Victorian Literature at KeeleUniversity.

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