Charles Darwin

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Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Barrish, Phillip. "Accumulating Variation: Darwin's On the Origin of Species and Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory." Victorian Studies 34, No. 4 (Summer 1991): 431-53.

Investigates the relevance of Darwin's theory of natural selection from random variation to Foucauldian critiques of marxist, deconstructive, and psychoanalytic readings of literature.

Beer, Gillian. "Darwin's Reading and the Fictions of Development." In The Darwinian Heritage, edited by David Kohn, pp. 543-88. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1985.

Studies the impact of Darwin's reading of fiction on his own writings, and the influence of his works on later writers, specifically Robert Browning and George Eliot.

—. "Darwin and the Growth of Language Theory." In Nature Transfigured: Science and Literature, 1700-1900, edited by John Christie and Sally Shuttleworth, pp. 152-70. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1989.

Examines the influence of Darwin's evolutionary writings on the development of language theory.

Bowler, Peter J. "Malthus, Darwin, and the Concept of Struggle." Journal of the History of Ideas 37, No. 4 (October-December 1976): 631-50.

Discusses subtle but significant differences between the notions of struggle expressed in the works of Darwin and Thomas Malthus.

Campbell, John Angus. "Scientific Revolution and the Grammar of Culture: The Case of Darwin's Origin." The Quarterly Journal of Speech 72, No. 4 (November 1986): 351-76.

Argues that the scientific revolution elicited by Darwin's On the Origin of Species was successful in part because Darwin was able to appeal to the supporters of natural theology as well as natural science.

—. "The Invisible Rhetorician: Charles Darwin's 'Third Party' Strategy." Rhetorica VII, No. 1 (Winter 1989): 55-85.

Explores the shaping of Darwin's rhetorical pose by his colleagues and advisors, including Dalton Hooker, Charles Lyell, Thomas Henry Huxley, and Asa Gray.

Clark, Ronald W. The Survival of Charles Darwin: A Biography of a Man and an Idea. London: Wiedenfield and Nicolson, 1984, 449 p.

Chronicles the stages of acceptance and rejection of Darwin's theories in the intellectual community of England.

Culler, A. Dwight. "The Darwinian Revolution and Literary Form." In The Art of Victorian Prose, edited by George Levine and William Madden, pp. 224-46. New York: Oxford University Press, 1968.

Observes how Darwin's form of writing "has influenced, or is analogous to, forms of literary expression in the post-Darwinian world."

Ellegård, Alvar. Darwin and the General Reader: The Reception of Darwin's Theory of Evolution in the British Periodical Press, 1859-1872. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990, 394 p.

In-depth study of the contemporary critical response to Darwin's publications.

Henkin, Leo J. Darwinism in the English Novel, 1860-1910: The Impact of Evolution on Victorian Fiction. New York: Russell & Russell, Inc., 1963.

Examines "the impact of the theory of evolution and the theory of natural selection upon the English novel."

Kohn, David....

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