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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc|
|Named Person:||Edgar Allan Poe; Edgar Allan Poe|
|Material Type:||Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Chad Allen Hines; Laura Rigal; University of Iowa. Department of English.
|Notes:||Thesis supervisor: Laura Rigal.|
|Description:||2, viii, 223 pages : illustrations|
|Details:||Mode of access: World Wide Web.; System requirements: Adobe Reader.|
|Responsibility:||by Chad Allen Hines.|
The 19th century literary ecology to which the fictions of Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Edward Bellamy and Mary Wilkins Freeman were well or poorly adapted can be imagined as a kind of fitness landscape where literary publications are drawn towards the peaks climbed by previous writers, representing conventions or formula that proven successful in the past. A gradualist focus on textual silence and extinction within literary evolution, along with evolutionary and ecological theory, can provide abstract models to make visible the complex ecology of oral, cultural, written, printed and reprinted information that constitutes the "soft tissues" always missing from the archival past.
- Evolution (Biology) in literature.
- Natural selection -- Philosophy.
- Ecology -- Philosophy.
- American literature -- 19th century -- Criticism and interpretation.
- Utopias -- Criticism and interpretation.
- Poe, Edgar Allan, -- 1809-1849.
- American literature.
- Darwinism -- Ecology -- Evolution -- Melville -- Poe -- Utopia