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The Resource The descent of love : Darwin and the theory of sexual selection in American fiction, 1871-1926, Bert Bender

The descent of love : Darwin and the theory of sexual selection in American fiction, 1871-1926, Bert Bender

Label
The descent of love : Darwin and the theory of sexual selection in American fiction, 1871-1926
Title
The descent of love
Title remainder
Darwin and the theory of sexual selection in American fiction, 1871-1926
Statement of responsibility
Bert Bender
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Upon its publication in 1871, Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex sent shock waves through the scientific community and the public at large. In an original and persuasive study, Bert Bender demonstrates that it is this treatise, rather than any of Darwin's earlier works, that provoked the most immediate and vigorous response from American fiction writers
  • These authors embraced and incorporated Darwin's theories, insights, and language, creating an increasingly dark and violent view of sexual love in American realist literature
  • In The Descent of Love, Bender carefully rereads the works of William Dean Howells, Henry James, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Sarah Orne Jewett, Kate Chopin, Harold Frederic, Charles W. Chesnutt, Edith Wharton, and Ernest Hemingway, teasing from them a startling but utterly convincing preoccupation with questions of sexual selection
  • Competing for readership as novelists who best grasped the "real" nature of human love, these writers also participated in a heated social debate over racial and sexual differences and the nature of sex itself
  • Influenced more by The Descent of Man than by the Origin of Species, Bender's novelists built upon Darwin's anthropological and zoological materials to anatomize their characters' courtship behavior, returning consistently to concerns with physical beauty, natural dominance, and the power to select a mate
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bender, Bert
Dewey number
813/.409354
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.L6
LC item number
B46 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Romance fiction, American
  • American fiction
  • Literature and science
  • American fiction
  • Evolution (Biology) in literature
  • Mate selection in literature
  • Courtship in literature
  • Love in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • American fiction
  • Literature and science
  • Man-woman relationships in literature
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Roman américain
  • Histoires d'amour américaines
  • Roman américain
  • Littérature et sciences
  • Relations entre hommes et femmes dans la littérature
  • Roman américain
  • Évolution (Biologie) dans la littérature
  • Choix du conjoint dans la littérature
  • Amours dans la littérature
  • Amour dans la littérature
  • Sexualité dans la littérature
  • USA
Label
The descent of love : Darwin and the theory of sexual selection in American fiction, 1871-1926, Bert Bender
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [405]-419) 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
Contents
  • Courting Design: Chance, Choice, and Sexual Difference in Howells's Courtship Novels of the 1870s
  • 3.
  • Darwinian Problems in A Modern Instance: Heredity, Primitive Marriage, and Male Sexual Aggression
  • 4.
  • Henry James and The Descent of Man: "The Loves of the Quadrupeds" in "The Madonna of the Future" and Roderick Hudson
  • 5.
  • Psychological Darwinism in The Portrait of a Lady
  • 6.
  • Darwin and "The Natural History of Doctresses": The Sex War Between Howells, Phelps, Jewett, and James
  • 7.
  • The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex: The Darwinian Unknown in American Literary History
  • Kate Chopin's Quarrel with Darwin before The Awakening
  • 8.
  • The Teeth of Desire: The Awakening and The Descent of Man
  • Sexual Selection
  • The Descent of Love
  • Recurrent Problems, Themes, and Scenes in the Courtship Novels
  • 1871-1926
  • 1.
  • Evolutionary Anthropology and Sexual Selection in William Dean Howells's Their Wedding Journey
  • 2.
Control code
33440929
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 440 pages
Isbn
9780812233445
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95042582
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)33440929
Label
The descent of love : Darwin and the theory of sexual selection in American fiction, 1871-1926, Bert Bender
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [405]-419) 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
Contents
  • Courting Design: Chance, Choice, and Sexual Difference in Howells's Courtship Novels of the 1870s
  • 3.
  • Darwinian Problems in A Modern Instance: Heredity, Primitive Marriage, and Male Sexual Aggression
  • 4.
  • Henry James and The Descent of Man: "The Loves of the Quadrupeds" in "The Madonna of the Future" and Roderick Hudson
  • 5.
  • Psychological Darwinism in The Portrait of a Lady
  • 6.
  • Darwin and "The Natural History of Doctresses": The Sex War Between Howells, Phelps, Jewett, and James
  • 7.
  • The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex: The Darwinian Unknown in American Literary History
  • Kate Chopin's Quarrel with Darwin before The Awakening
  • 8.
  • The Teeth of Desire: The Awakening and The Descent of Man
  • Sexual Selection
  • The Descent of Love
  • Recurrent Problems, Themes, and Scenes in the Courtship Novels
  • 1871-1926
  • 1.
  • Evolutionary Anthropology and Sexual Selection in William Dean Howells's Their Wedding Journey
  • 2.
Control code
33440929
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 440 pages
Isbn
9780812233445
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95042582
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)33440929

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