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Degeneration, culture, and the novel, 1880-1940

Author: William Greenslade
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Towards the end of the nineteenth century many affluent and educated people, influenced by developments in medical, biological and psychiatric sciences, became convinced that ignorance, insanity and criminality - even homosexuality and hysteria - were symptoms of the degeneration of the human race. Such theories seemed to provide plausible explanations for disturbing social changes, and new insights into human  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Student Collection
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Greenslade
ISBN: 0521416655 9780521416658
OCLC Number: 28293908
Description: xiii, 355 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. De-generation --
2. Biological poetics --
3. Degenerate spaces: the urban crisis of the 1880s and The Mayor of Casterbridge --
4. Reversionary tactics --
5. Criminal degeneracy: adventures with Lombroso --
6. Max Nordau and the Degeneration effect --
7. Women and the disease of civilisation: George Gissing's The Whirlpool --
8. The lure of pedigree and the menaces of heredity in Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure --
9. Race-regeneration --
10. Masculinity, morbidity and medicine: Howards End and Mrs Dalloway --
11. The way out is the way back: the anti-modernists --
12. Postscripts.
Responsibility: William Greenslade.
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