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Atavistic tendencies : the culture of science in American modernity

Author: Dana Seitler
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008.
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The post-Darwinian theory of atavism forecasted obstacles to human progress in the reappearance of throwback physical or cultural traits after several generations of absence. In this original and stimulating work, Dana Seitler explores the ways in which modernity itself is an atavism, shaping a historical and theoretical account of its dramatic rise and impact on Western culture and imagination. Examining late  Read more...
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Seitler, Dana.
Atavistic tendencies.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2008034070
(OCoLC)229030853
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dana Seitler
ISBN: 9780816666423 0816666423
OCLC Number: 318220370
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 315 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Freud's menagerie: our atavistic sense of self --
Late modern morphologies: scientific empiricism and photographic representation --
"Wolf-wolf!"; narrating the science of desire --
Atavistic time: Tarzan, Dr. Fu Manchu, and the serial dime novel --
Unnatural selection: mothers, eugenic feminism, and regeneration narratives --
An atavistic embrace: ape, gorilla, wolf, man.
Responsibility: Dana Seitler.

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The post-Darwinian theory of atavism forecasted obstacles to human progress in the reappearance of throwback physical or cultural traits after several generations of absence. In this original and stimulating work, Dana Seitler explores the ways in which modernity itself is an atavism, shaping a historical and theoretical account of its dramatic rise and impact on Western culture and imagination. Examining late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century science, fiction, and photography, Seitler discovers how modern thought oriented itself around this paradigm of obsolescence and return--one that s.

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