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Modernism and eugenics : Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the culture of degeneration

Author: Donald J Childs
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Donald Childs shows how Woolf, Eliot, and Yeats believed in eugenics, the science of race improvement, and adapted this scientific discourse to the language of the modern imagination. He traces the impact of eugenics on such modernist works as Mrs Dalloway, The Waste Land, and Yeats's late poetry and plays.
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Childs, Donald J.
Modernism and eugenics.
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2001
(DLC) 2001018489
(OCoLC)45799590
Named Person: Virginia Woolf; T S Eliot; W B Yeats; Virginia Woolf; T S Eliot; W B Yeats; T S Eliot; Virginia Woolf; W B Yeats; Virginia Woolf; William B Yeats; Thomas S Eliot; Virginia Woolf; T S Eliot; W B Yeats
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald J Childs
ISBN: 0511017855 9780511017858 0511044070 9780511044076 0511119704 9780511119705 9780521806015 0521806011 9780511485022 0511485026
OCLC Number: 52472345
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 266 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Introduction; CHAPTER 1 Virginia Woolf's hereditary taint; CHAPTER 2 Boers, whores, and Mongols in Mrs. Dalloway; CHAPTER 3 Body and biology in A Room of One's Own; CHAPTER 4 Eliot on biology and birthrates; CHAPTER 5 To breed or not to breed: the Eliots' question; CHAPTER 6 Fatal fertility in The Waste Land; CHAPTER 7 The late eugenics of W.B. Yeats; CHAPTER 8 Yeats and stirpiculture; CHAPTER 9 Yeats and The Sexual Question; Notes; INTRODUCTION; 1 VIRGINIA WOOLF'S HEREDITARY TAINT; 2 BOERS, WHORES, AND MONGOLS IN MRS. DALLOWAY.
Responsibility: Donald J. Childs.
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