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Subversive Seduction

Darwin, Sexual Selection, and the Spanish Novel

Travis Landry

Publication Year: 1013

Published by: University of Washington Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. 6-7

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

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...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-22

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...

I. Origins

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pp. 23-24

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1. The Very Notion of “Real” Reciprocity between Literature and Science

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pp. 25-46

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...

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2. The Power Dynamics of Sexual Selection

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pp. 47-69

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...

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3. Translations, Translators, and the Sexual Politics of Sexual Selection in Spain

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pp. 70-100

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...

II. Adaptations

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pp. 101-102

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4. Suitors and Selectors—Jacinto Octavio Picón

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pp. 103-130

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...

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5. Rivalries and Rituals—Leopoldo Alas (Clarín)

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pp. 131-155

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...

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6. Heirs and Errors—Benito Pérez Galdós

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pp. 156-178

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...

III. Speciations

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pp. 179-180

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7. A Romance with Darwin in the Evolutionary Noche of Alejandro Sawa

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pp. 181-204

Building on the theoretical, scientific-feminist, and historical foundations of part 1, the three chapters of part 2 engaged discrete components of Darwinian...

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8. The Religious Descent of Armando Palacio Valdés

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pp. 205-229

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...

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9. Emilia Pardo Bazán, Reproduction, and Change

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pp. 230-252

Inconsistencies, contradictions, complete unknowns, choice, and the change born from indeterminate “nicks of time” between every action—sexual selection...

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Conclusion

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pp. 253-264

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...

Notes

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pp. 265-302

Works Cited

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pp. 303-326

Index

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pp. 327-335


E-ISBN-13: 9780295804422
E-ISBN-10: 0295804424
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295992198
Print-ISBN-10: 0295992182

Publication Year: 1013

Series Title: The modern language initiative

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Subject Headings

  • Spanish fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
  • Sexual selection in literature.
  • Spanish fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
  • Darwin, Charles, -- 1809-1882 -- Influence.
  • Literature and science -- Spain.
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