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Charles Darwin’s Looking Glass

The Theory of Evolution and the Life of its Author in Contemporary British Fiction and Non-Fiction


Dominika Oramus

The book offers a comparative analysis of diverse Darwinism-inspired discourses such as post-modern novels, science fiction, popular science and nature films. Analysing the uses of the evolutionary discourse in recent literature and films, the study demonstrates how natural science influences the contemporary humanities and how literary conventions are used to make scientific and popular-science texts intelligible and attractive. Charles Darwin’s Looking Glass shows how and why today’s culture gazes upon the myth of Darwin, his theory, and his life in order to find its own reflection.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Oramus, Dominika, 1972-  Charles Darwin’s looking glass : the theory of evolution and the life of its author in con-temporary British fiction and non-fiction / Dominika Oramus.   pages cm -- (Transatlantic studies in British and North American culture ; volume 11)  Includes bibliographical references.  ISBN 978-3-631-65870-3 1. English literature--21st century--History and criticism. 2. Evolution (Bi ology) in literature. 3. Natural selection in literature. 4. Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882--In literature. 5. Literature and science--Great Britain. I. Title.  PR488.E96O73 2015  820.9’36--dc23


The book was written as part of a project financed by the National Science Center, on basis of funds awarded by decision DEC-2011/03/B/HS2/03570. ISSN 2364-2882 ISBN 978-3-631-65870-3 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05206-0 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05206-0 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2015 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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