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Darwin's plots : evolutionary narrative in Darwin, George Eliot, and nineteenth-century fiction

Author: Gillian Beer
Publisher: London ; Boston : Ark Paperbacks, 1985.
Series: Ark paperbacks
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ARK edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Charles Darwin; George Eliot; Thomas Hardy; Charles Darwin; George Eliot; Thomas Hardy
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian Beer
ISBN: 0744800218 9780744800210
OCLC Number: 13782157
Description: x, 303 pages, 1 unnumbered leaf of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: The remnant of the mythical --
'The Second Blow' --
Problems of knowledge --
Part I. Darwin's language --
1. 'Pleasure like a tragedy': imagination and the material world --
2. Fit and misfitting: anthropomorphism and the natural order --
Part II. Darwin's plots --
3. Analogy, metaphor and narrative in The Origin --
Darwinian myths --
I. Growth and its myths --
II. Growth and transformation --
III. Transformation, retrogression, extinction: Darwinian romance --
Part III. Responses: George Eliot and Thomas Hardy --
5. George Eliot: Middlemarch --
I. The vital influence --
II. Structure and hypothesis --
III. The web of affinities --
6. George Eliot: Daniel Deronda and the idea of a future life --
7. Descent and sexual selection: women in narrative --
8. Finding a scale for the human: plot and writing in Hardy's novels.
Series Title: Ark paperbacks
Responsibility: Gillian Beer.

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