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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (1): 31–56.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Jefferies, Mark Twain, and others. Jefferies’s 1885 After London , an early and critically neglected work of British speculative fiction, is a bellwether of the widely distributed naturalist impulses among novelists responding to the era of scientific naturalism marked by the appearance of Charles Darwin’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1959) 20 (1): 36–48.
Published: 01 March 1959
...Grace J. Calder Copyright © 1958 by Duke University Press 1959 ERASMUS A. DARWIN, FRIEND OF THOMAS AND JANE CARLYLE By GRACEJ. CALDER In a group of twelve unpublished letters to Mrs. Hensleigh Wedg- wood, Erasmus Alvey Darwin (1804-1881...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1945) 6 (1): 93–98.
Published: 01 March 1945
...Boyd G. Carter Copyright © 1945 by Duke University Press 1945 ALPHONSE DAUDET AND DARWINISM By BOYDG. CARTER The influence of Taine and Renan on their contemporaries and the reaction of writers like Bourget and Brunetiere against...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (2): 171–194.
Published: 01 June 2009
...Noel Jackson The poetics of Erasmus Darwin's Botanic Garden , its status as an aesthetic as opposed to a purely scientific artifact, and the formal logic of the genre its author popularized have received scant historical attention. Yet in its time Darwin's contribution to the genre...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1990) 51 (1): 63–81.
Published: 01 March 1990
... appear to lead, in Ernst Mayr’s words, “to ever greater fitness until every organism is per- fectly adapted to its living and inanimate condition A progres- sive character might therefore be attributed to natural history. Certainly, Charles Darwin seems to affirm the notion of evolu...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (1): 81–83.
Published: 01 March 2023
..., as Reader shows how the seductive logic of epigrams fuels a relentless demand for “constant novelty and freshness of thought” over and above other kinds of community (149), a dynamic that Reader suggests we can recognize in social media today. Notework begins with Charles Darwin, who serves...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2023) 84 (1): 27–51.
Published: 01 March 2023
.... To interpret Lewis’s antipathy toward the extinction panic that gripped segments of the interwar British intelligentsia, it is first necessary to understand the ways in which the rise of evolutionary biology, and Darwinism in particular, transformed how British novelists, scientists, and social theorists...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1941) 2 (1): 81–98.
Published: 01 March 1941
... is called The Palace of Disease. Sir William Jones’s Palace of Fortune (1769), written in heroic couplets, Hunt might have mentioned as a palpable imitation of Pope’s Temple of Fame. Also in heroic couplets, but allegorically closer to Spenser than to Pope, was Erasmus Darwin’s Temple of Nature...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (1): 123–126.
Published: 01 March 2021
... extended refutation of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in The Principles of Geology introduced Lamarck’s ideas to an English audience, where they were appreciatively received by people like Alfred Russel Wallace and Herbert Spencer. While too many scholars continue to ignore Darwin’s predecessors, Duncan gives...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (2): 257–260.
Published: 01 June 2020
... and extradiegetically in the diffusive effects of novel reading. The second half of the book examines the logic of probability from a communal vantage. The subject of the third chapter is the nature of causation in evolution. In Darwin’s work, as in the other probabilistic discourses of the day, chance plays a far...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (2): 167–193.
Published: 01 June 2019
... Richard . 1849 . On the Nature of Limbs: A Discourse . London . Owen Richard . 1860 . “ Darwin on the Origin of Species .” Edinburgh Review 3 : 487 – 532 . www.victorianweb.org/science/science_texts/owen_review_of_origin.html . Poirier Richard . 1992 . Poetry and Pragmatism...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (4): 509–531.
Published: 01 December 2008
... as the inverse of survival. 14  Richard Dawkins, The Extended Phenotype (Oxford: Freeman, 1982), 112. See also Dawkins, “Viruses of the Mind,” in Dennett and His Critics: Demystifying Mind, ed. Bo Dahlbom (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993), 13 – 27; Daniel C. Dennett, “In Darwin’s Elkins Memory...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1956) 17 (3): 213–226.
Published: 01 September 1956
..., 1905), I, 253, 257, 355 ; A. R Wallace, Darwinism (Lon- don, 1889), pp. 3-4. 2 A. Seubert, Spuren der Goftlteit (Stuttgart, 1846) ; this interlards extracts from I.2stigt.s with others from Whewell’s Indications of n Creator (1845). Karl Vogt, Nntiirliclie Geschichtc der Schopfung...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2009) 70 (1): 43–66.
Published: 01 March 2009
... and historiography sometimes emulate refutes (albeit unsuccessfully) all notions of history and oper- ates as a kind of neo-Darwinism itself, the construction of a particular scientific worldview arising out of the noise of competing claims for diminishing resources (i.e., funding). What emerges as truth...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 225–246.
Published: 01 June 2015
... , translated by Plaice Neville , Plaice Stephen , and Knight Paul . Cambridge, MA : MIT Press . Courtemanche Eleanor . 2006 . “  ‘Naked Truth Is the Best Eloquence’: Martineau, Dickens, and the Moral Science of Realism .” ELH 73 , no. 2 : 383 – 407 . Darwin Charles...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1951) 12 (2): 159–164.
Published: 01 June 1951
... animal matter, which we may reasonably suppose is plentifully diffused in sea-water; whilst others have attributed this effect to the luminous power possessed by living marine animals.8 There is also a slight possibility that Melville, while writing Mardi, may have seen Darwin’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (1): 131–134.
Published: 01 March 2020
... and defends in Paper Minds . References Kramnick Jonathan . 2011 . “ Against Literary Darwinism .” Critical Inquiry 37 , no. 2 : 315 – 47 . Wittgenstein Ludwig . 1960 . The Blue and Brown Books . New York : Harper and Row . Wordsworth William . 1984 . Preface...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1959) 20 (2): 206–208.
Published: 01 June 1959
.... Elleghd, Alvar. Darwin and the General Reader: The Reception of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in the British Periodical Press, 1859-1872. Gbteborg : Gothenburg Studies in English, VIII, 1958. Also published as Acta Univer- sitatis Gothoburgensis, Gteborgs Universitets Arsskrift, Vol. LXIV, 7...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2004) 65 (4): 583–604.
Published: 01 December 2004
... is a model, thinks Ricks, that escapes the blunt sociology of primogeniture (white male or oth- erwise) and the agonistics of oedipal conflict (Bloom) to find—in and against the contemporaneity of Darwin—its own best discourse for a more polite “working out” of difference: working through it in order...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... an intellectual centrality for literary studies that is currently nowhere in view. The prestige of the natural sciences has waxed while that of the humanities more generally has waned, eliciting the absorption—or, to borrow very loosely from Darwin, the adaptive mimicry—of scientific models in literary studies...