The Influence of Darwinism on English Literature and Literary Ideas
That Darwinism had a wide and sometimes deep influence on English literature and literary ideas is well attested by previous writings which trace this in specific detail, and it would be superfluous to do more than take notice of these by giving a summary account of their conclusions, as I do below. Except for this summary and my own consideration of some recent examples of specific Darwinian influence, which in any case are cited also to make a general point, my main concern is to take a synoptic view of several aspects of Darwin’s influence on literature and literary ideas in order to come to an understanding of why this influence has been so great — indeed far greater, I believe, than that of any other major scientific theory.
KeywordsLiterary Criticism Science Fiction Human Spirit Literary Idea Darwinian Revolution
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