Reading human nature literary darwinism in theory and practice

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Reading Human Nature: Literary Darwinism in Theory and Practice by Joseph Carroll

As the founder and leading practitioner of literary Darwinism, Joseph Carroll remains at the forefront of a major movement in literary studies. Signaling key new developments in this approach, Reading Human Nature contains trenchant theoretical essays, innovative empirical research, sweeping surveys of intellectual history, and sophisticated interpretations of specific literary works, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wuthering Heights, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Hamlet. Evolutionists in the social sciences have succeeded in delineating basic motives but have given far too little attention to the imagination. Carroll makes a compelling case that literary Darwinism is not just another school or movement in literary theory. It is the moving force in a fundamental paradigm change in the humanities--a revolution. Psychologists and anthropologists have provided massive evidence that human motives and emotions are rooted in human biology. Since motives and emotions enter into all the products of a human imagination, humanists now urgently need to assimilate a modern scientific understanding of human nature. Integrating evolutionary social science with literary humanism, Carroll offers a more complete and adequate understanding of human nature.
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Reading Human Nature: Literary Darwinism in Theory and Practice

Part of his project is a critique of recent trends in literary criticism that seek to devalue science, deny biological human nature, and give priority to language and discourse. It is here that his expertise will be most valuable to the readers who are not fully immersed in the twists and turns of recent literary theory. Carroll argues convincingly for the shift from speculative theories to an evolutionist's perspective grounded in 'an empirically based model of human nature, ' a shift that will enable generation of new and relevant knowledge. The book brings together some of Carroll's best work to date and is the most current statement available regarding the new evolutionary thinking about culture. In Reading Human Nature, Joseph Carroll revisits the subdiscipline he founded: evolutionary literary studies. Analytical and empirical, this diverse body of analyses reaffirms central humanist ideas, including individual identity, authorial intentions, and reference to the outside world. Literary scholars, critics, and theorists: ignore this book at your peril.

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Carroll provides thoughtful answers throughout his latest collection to some of literary criticism's woes. His purpose is to provide a large theory, to provoke thought. However, Carroll and LD remain unpersuasive in several areas, even to a friendly reader. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

He has produced an edition of On the Origin of Species. Joseph Carroll. As the founder and leading practitioner of literary Darwinism, Joseph Carroll remains at the forefront of a major movement in literary studies. Signaling key new developments in this approach, Reading Human Nature contains trenchant theoretical essays, innovative empirical research, sweeping surveys of intellectual history, and sophisticated interpretations of specific literary works, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wuthering Heights, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Hamlet. Evolutionists in the social sciences have succeeded in delineating basic motives but have given far too little attention to the imagination. Carroll makes a compelling case that literary Darwinism is not just another school or movement in literary theory. It is the moving force in a fundamental paradigm change in the humanities a revolution.

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