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The Resource Edith Wharton's evolutionary conception : Darwinian allegory in her major novels, by Paul J. Ohler

Edith Wharton's evolutionary conception : Darwinian allegory in her major novels, by Paul J. Ohler

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Edith Wharton's evolutionary conception : Darwinian allegory in her major novels
Title
Edith Wharton's evolutionary conception
Title remainder
Darwinian allegory in her major novels
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by Paul J. Ohler
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Language
eng
Summary
" Edith Wharton's "Evolutionary Conception" investigates Edith Wharton's 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 Wharton's 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 York's 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 Wharton's 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 Wharton's scientific interests shaped her analysis of class, affected the formal properties of her fiction, and resulted in her negative valuation of social Darwinism."--Publisher's website
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Ohler, Paul
Dewey number
813/.52
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3545.H16
LC item number
Z753 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in major literary authors
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  • Literature and science
  • Literature and science
  • Social Darwinism in literature
  • Evolution in literature
  • Evolution (Biology) in literature
  • Wharton, Edith
  • Wharton, Edith
  • Darwin, Charles
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Edith Wharton's evolutionary conception : Darwinian allegory in her major novels, by Paul J. Ohler
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-206) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
64453391
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 212 pages
Isbn
9780415977197
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006006780
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other control number
9780415977197
Label
Edith Wharton's evolutionary conception : Darwinian allegory in her major novels, by Paul J. Ohler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-206) 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
64453391
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 212 pages
Isbn
9780415977197
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006006780
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780415977197

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