Darwin, Sexual Selection, and the Spanish Novel
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Washington Press
Title Page, Copyright
This book has been several years in the making and would not have been possible without considerable support from a variety of sources. I would first like to thank...
Charles Darwin was by no means the first to take up the question of sexual selection. A better candidate, in fact, would be Plato. The reproductive practices...
1. The Very Notion of “Real” Reciprocity between Literature and Science
To say that Charles Darwin is no stranger to controversy is to state the obvious. For the past century and a half divisiveness has come in equal measure to the wonder inspired by his theories of evolution. It would not be surprising...
2. The Power Dynamics of Sexual Selection
The theoretical articulation of the reciprocity between literature and science rehearsed in chapter 1 yielded several insights. The ethical reach of these fluid domains in the indeterminate enterprise of history making remains inseparable...
3. Translations, Translators, and the Sexual Politics of Sexual Selection in Spain
Part 1 of this study centers on “origins” according to the theoretical, scientific-feminist, and historical components necessary for a reassessment of Darwin’s indeterminism...
4. Suitors and Selectors—Jacinto Octavio Picón
Now in place, the interrelated “origins” of part 1 have provided the conceptual tools for a study of this compass. The previous chapter, in particular, transposed the theoretical...
5. Rivalries and Rituals—Leopoldo Alas (Clarín)
The “suitors and selectors” of the previous chapter opened a broader, tripartite discussion of the constitutive components of Darwinian sexual selection by bringing into focus the concomitant reversals in evolutionary science and...
6. Heirs and Errors—Benito Pérez Galdós
With this, the final chapter of part 2, the outcomes, or “heirs and errors,” of Darwinian sexual selection become the focus. As nebulous as it is troublesome...
7. A Romance with Darwin in the Evolutionary Noche of Alejandro Sawa
Building on the theoretical, scientific-feminist, and historical foundations of part 1, the three chapters of part 2 engaged discrete components of Darwinian...
8. The Religious Descent of Armando Palacio Valdés
As Darwin works through sexual selection in The Descent, he takes due measure of primary factors and conjectures on everything from language to race. We must forgive him, then, if he fails to consider what might happen...
9. Emilia Pardo Bazán, Reproduction, and Change
Inconsistencies, contradictions, complete unknowns, choice, and the change born from indeterminate “nicks of time” between every action—sexual selection...
The novels of Pardo Bazán revealed a key truth about the indeterminate Darwin this study as a whole aims to show. The progressive potential of the theory...
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 824733553
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