Special Studies in the Nineteenth Century: Realism, Evolution, and the "Natural History of Man"

The seminar explores the interaction between nineteenth-century fiction and an ascendant "natural history of man," from late-Enlightenment philosophical anthropology through early transformist biology to Charles Darwin. Topics include: the Romantic invention of new novelistic forms, the <i>Bildungsroman</i> and historical novel, in light of a new form of human subject; the scientific basis (in pre-Darwinian evolutionism) of Dickens's challenge to the codes of realism; reconfiguration of the relation between lyric and narrative in long poetic forms (Tennyson); George Eliot's address to the ongoing revolutions in the natural and human sciences.
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002716
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556
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553