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Evolution and "the sex problem" [electronic resource] : American narratives during the eclipse of Darwinism / Bert Bender.

By: Bender, Bert.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Kent : Kent State University Press, c2004Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 389 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9781612777351 (electronic bk.); 161277735X (electronic bk.); 9781612777344 (electronic bk.); 1612777341 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Literature and science -- English-speaking countries | Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Influence | American fiction -- English influences | Evolution (Biology) in literature | Mate selection in literature | Narration (Rhetoric) | Sex in literature | Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Influence | Roman am�ericain -- 20e si�ecle -- Histoire et critique | Choix du conjoint dans la litt�erature | Sexualit�e dans la litt�erature | Narration | Litt�erature et sciences -- Pays anglophones | Roman am�ericain -- Influence anglaise | Darwinisme dans la litt�erature | Darwin, Charles | Literatur | Roman | Rezeption | Geschichte 1890-1950 | USA | LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General | LITERARY CRITICISM / GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Evolution and "the sex problem".DDC classification: 813/.5209 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
In a dark time -- Frank Norris on the evolution and repression of the sexual instinct -- "The chaos of his brain" : evolutionary psychology in The red badge of courage -- Jack London and "the sex problem" -- Theodore Dreiser, science, and "It" -- "The varieties of human experience" : sexual intimacy, heredity, and emotional conflict in Gertrude Stein's early work -- Sex and evolution in Willa Cather's O Pioneers! and The song of the lark -- "Under the shell of life" : Sherwood Anderson and "the call of sex" -- "His mind aglow" : the biological undercurrent in Fitzgerald's Gatsby and other works -- Harlem, 1928 : the biology of the black soul and the "rising tide of rhythm" -- V.F. Calverton and the principles of red love -- "To be alive" : John Steinbeck's The log from the Sea of Cortez and The wayward bus -- "Night song" : Africa and Eden in Hemingway's late work.
Summary: A noteworthy investigation of the Darwinian element in American fiction from the realist through the Freudian eras In Evolution and ?the Sex Problem? author Bert Bender argues that Darwin?s theories of sexual selection and of the emotions are essential elements in American fiction from the late 1800s through the 1950s, particularly during the Freudian era and the years surrounding the Scopes trial. Bender contends that novelists with different social points of view explored ?the sex problem,? and what resulted was a great diversity of American narratives aligned with either Darwinian or a number of anti-Darwinian theories of evolution. Included are intriguing discussions of works by Frank Norris, Jack London, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, Gertrude Stein, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, five writers of the Harlem Renaissance, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway. Among the ideas explored are Darwin?s theory of common descent; the question of man?s place in nature; the possibility of evolutionary progress; the issues of heredity and eugenics; the Darwinian basis of Freud?s theory of sexual repression; the quandary of male violence and the role of female choice in sexual selection; the power of and the problems of racial and sexual difference; and the ecological problems that arose directly from Darwin?s theory of evolution. This volume provides a valuable treatment of an underappreciated aspect of America?s major narratives of human life and love and will be appreciated by literary scholars and readers interested in Darwinism and culture.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 362-375) and index.

In a dark time -- Frank Norris on the evolution and repression of the sexual instinct -- "The chaos of his brain" : evolutionary psychology in The red badge of courage -- Jack London and "the sex problem" -- Theodore Dreiser, science, and "It" -- "The varieties of human experience" : sexual intimacy, heredity, and emotional conflict in Gertrude Stein's early work -- Sex and evolution in Willa Cather's O Pioneers! and The song of the lark -- "Under the shell of life" : Sherwood Anderson and "the call of sex" -- "His mind aglow" : the biological undercurrent in Fitzgerald's Gatsby and other works -- Harlem, 1928 : the biology of the black soul and the "rising tide of rhythm" -- V.F. Calverton and the principles of red love -- "To be alive" : John Steinbeck's The log from the Sea of Cortez and The wayward bus -- "Night song" : Africa and Eden in Hemingway's late work.

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A noteworthy investigation of the Darwinian element in American fiction from the realist through the Freudian eras In Evolution and ?the Sex Problem? author Bert Bender argues that Darwin?s theories of sexual selection and of the emotions are essential elements in American fiction from the late 1800s through the 1950s, particularly during the Freudian era and the years surrounding the Scopes trial. Bender contends that novelists with different social points of view explored ?the sex problem,? and what resulted was a great diversity of American narratives aligned with either Darwinian or a number of anti-Darwinian theories of evolution. Included are intriguing discussions of works by Frank Norris, Jack London, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, Gertrude Stein, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, five writers of the Harlem Renaissance, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway. Among the ideas explored are Darwin?s theory of common descent; the question of man?s place in nature; the possibility of evolutionary progress; the issues of heredity and eugenics; the Darwinian basis of Freud?s theory of sexual repression; the quandary of male violence and the role of female choice in sexual selection; the power of and the problems of racial and sexual difference; and the ecological problems that arose directly from Darwin?s theory of evolution. This volume provides a valuable treatment of an underappreciated aspect of America?s major narratives of human life and love and will be appreciated by literary scholars and readers interested in Darwinism and culture.

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