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Gillian Beer's landmark book demonstrates how Darwin overturned fundamental cultural assumptions in his narratives, how George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and other writers pursued and resisted their contradictory implications, and how the stories he produced about natural selection and the struggle for life now underpin our culture. This second edition incorporates a new preface Gillian Beer's landmark book demonstrates how Darwin overturned fundamental cultural assumptions in his narratives, how George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and other writers pursued and resisted their contradictory implications, and how the stories he produced about natural selection and the struggle for life now underpin our culture. This second edition incorporates a new preface by the author and a foreword by the distinguished American scholar George Levine.


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Gillian Beer's landmark book demonstrates how Darwin overturned fundamental cultural assumptions in his narratives, how George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and other writers pursued and resisted their contradictory implications, and how the stories he produced about natural selection and the struggle for life now underpin our culture. This second edition incorporates a new preface Gillian Beer's landmark book demonstrates how Darwin overturned fundamental cultural assumptions in his narratives, how George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and other writers pursued and resisted their contradictory implications, and how the stories he produced about natural selection and the struggle for life now underpin our culture. This second edition incorporates a new preface by the author and a foreword by the distinguished American scholar George Levine.

30 review for Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    M.k. Yost

    Though some times a bit hard to slog through, there were some fantastic observations and really enlightening comments about perceptions of evolution and nineteenth century thought and literature.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    An examination of the way the language, metaphors, and narrative logic of Darwin's "Origin of Species" influenced the literary culture of Victorian Britain, with particular emphasis on Hardy and Eliot. The first part of the book focuses on Darwin's creativity--the literary qualities of his work, the metaphors and language he needed to arrive at to articulate this new plot of evolutionism. Beer is obviously very erudite and well-versed in the relevant literary, scientific, and scholarly contexts An examination of the way the language, metaphors, and narrative logic of Darwin's "Origin of Species" influenced the literary culture of Victorian Britain, with particular emphasis on Hardy and Eliot. The first part of the book focuses on Darwin's creativity--the literary qualities of his work, the metaphors and language he needed to arrive at to articulate this new plot of evolutionism. Beer is obviously very erudite and well-versed in the relevant literary, scientific, and scholarly contexts of her time period but her claims are unconvincingly developed. In Middlemarch she hones in on the "web of association" that Eliot uses to structure her plot and that was a central metaphor for Darwin. In Hardy, the Darwinian connections are more obvious, as Hardy is obsessed with the way chance dominates human destiny. This all sounds nice in theory, but Beer is unable to make what is inevitably a difficult case: that these aspects of Hardy and Eliot are specifically Darwinian, specifically shaped by the literary and imaginative tropes of "Origin."

  3. 4 out of 5

    CL Chu

    Ignite my curiosity about Origin. Time to finally read the 19th century book after claiming to be doing history of ecology for years!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I generally admire Beer as a scholar, but I think I've already imbibed most of what she's argued here through other means. She reads Darwin and his theory of evolution for that moment in the 19th century when theory poses on the boundary between fiction and fact. She traces the ways that Darwin's thinking impacts Victorian thought generally, and then looks at his theory's influence on Eliot and Hardy especially. I generally admire Beer as a scholar, but I think I've already imbibed most of what she's argued here through other means. She reads Darwin and his theory of evolution for that moment in the 19th century when theory poses on the boundary between fiction and fact. She traces the ways that Darwin's thinking impacts Victorian thought generally, and then looks at his theory's influence on Eliot and Hardy especially.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nahra

    Anyone who loves George Eliot or the novels of Thomas Hardy will like this book for its connection of those authors and books with the big unavoidable presence of Charles Darwin -- even in ficiton.

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