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Evolution, Literature, and Film free pdf Evolution, Literature, and Film offers a comprehensive introduction to what has become the most challenging and widely-discussed new approach to understanding literature and film. Featuring thirty-nine essays by pioneering scholars, scientists, and critics, this collection explains how our universal human nature works its way into diverse cultural forms and how this "biocultural" conception can illuminate many narrative works. Evolution, Literature, and Film opens with an introduction to the principles of evolution, with essays from Charles Darwin on the logic of natural selection- Richard Dawkins on the genetic revolution in modern evolutionary theory- E.O. Wilson on the unity of knowledge- Steven Pinker on evolution's transformation of psychology into a genuinely explanatory science- and David Sloan Wilson on integrating evolutionary theory within cultural critique. Later sections include essays on the adaptive function of the arts- evolutionary literary theory and film theory- interpretive commentaries on specific works of literature and film- and studies that use empirical methods to explore literary problems. Texts under the microscope include folk and fairytales- Homer's Iliad- Shakespeare's plays- works by Wordsworth, Dickens, Bronte, and Hurston- narratives in sci-fi, comics, and slash fiction- and films from Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Each essay explains how and why evolution contributes to a study of the human mind, human behavior, culture, and art. With an extensive bibliography suggesting further reading, this volume is an ideal core text for the classroom and an invaluable companion for research on evolution and the arts., reviewing a previous edition or volume

About Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd is University Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Auckland. The world's leading scholar of Vladimir Nabokov, he is also the author of On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction. Joseph Carroll is Curators' Professor of English at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. His book Evolution and Literary Theory is a founding text of literary Darwinism, and his collection of essays, Literary Darwinism: Evolution, Human Nature, and Literature, gave the field the name by which it is most commonly known. Jonathan Gottschall teaches English at Washington and Jefferson College. He is the author of The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer and Literature, Science, and a New Humanities, and the coeditor of The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative.

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Author : Brian Boyd
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Data Published : 21 May 2010
ISBN : 0231150199
EAN : 9780231150194
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 560 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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