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The Resource Atavistic tendencies : the culture of science in American modernity, Dana Seitler

Atavistic tendencies : the culture of science in American modernity, Dana Seitler

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Atavistic tendencies : the culture of science in American modernity
Title
Atavistic tendencies
Title remainder
the culture of science in American modernity
Statement of responsibility
Dana Seitler
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The post-Darwinian theory of atavism forecasted obstacles to human progress in the reappearance of throwback physical or cultural traits after several generations of absence. In this original and stimulating work, Dana Seitler explores the ways in which modernity itself is an atavism, shaping a historical and theoretical account of its dramatic rise and impact on Western culture and imagination." "Examining late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century science, fiction, and photography, Seitler discovers how modern thought oriented itself around this paradigm of obsolescence and return - one that served to sustain ideologies of gender, sexuality, and race. She argues that atavism was not only a discourse of violence - mapping racial and sexual divisions onto the boundary between human and animal - but was also an illustration of how modern science understood human being as a temporal category. On one hand, atavism positioned some humans as more advanced than others on an evolutionary scale. On the other, it undermined such progressivism by suggesting that because all humans had evolved from animals they were therefore not purely human. Atavism thus reveals how scientific theories of a recurrent past were a significant feature of modernity." "At the beginning of the twentieth century, atavistic theory had widespread social and economic effects on the taxonomies of medicine, the logic of the welfare state, conceptions of the modern family, and images of the abnormal. Investigating the cultural logic of science in conjunction with naturalist, feminist, and popular narratives, Seitler exposes the influence of atavism: a fundamental shift in ways of knowing - and telling stories about - the modern human."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
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Seitler, Dana
Dewey number
810.9/36
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS228.E85
LC item number
S45 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Atavism
  • Atavism
  • Eugenics in literature
  • Human reproduction in literature
  • Biology
  • Biology
  • Literature and science
  • Literature and science
Label
Atavistic tendencies : the culture of science in American modernity, Dana Seitler
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-283) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
229030853
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 315 pages
Isbn
9780816651245
Isbn Type
(pb : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008034070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)229030853
Label
Atavistic tendencies : the culture of science in American modernity, Dana Seitler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-283) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
229030853
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 315 pages
Isbn
9780816651245
Isbn Type
(pb : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008034070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)229030853

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