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In recent years, articles in major periodicals from the New York Times Magazine to the Times Literary Supplement have heralded the arrival of a new school of literary studies that promises or threatens to profoundly shift the current paradigm. This revolutionary approach, known as Darwinian literary studies, is based on a few simple premises: evolution has produced a universal landscape of the human mind that can be scientifically mapped; these universal tendencies are reflected in the composition, reception, and interpretation of literary works; and an understanding of the evolutionary foundations of human behavior, psychology, and culture will enable literary scholars to gain powerful new perspectives on the elements, form, and nature of storytelling.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Front matter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword from the Scientific Side
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Foreword from the Literary Side
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Introduction: Literature—a Last Frontier in Human Evolutionary Studies
  2. pp. xvii-xxvi
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  1. PART I: EVOLUTION AND LITERARY THEORY
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. Literature, Science, and Human Nature
  2. pp. 5-19
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  1. Evolutionary Social Constructivism
  2. pp. 20-37
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  1. From Lacan to Darwin
  2. pp. 38-55
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  1. What Happens in Hamlet? Exploring the Psychological Foundations of Drama
  2. pp. 56-75
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  1. Human Nature and Literary Meaning:A Theoretical Model Illustrated with a Critique of Pride and Prejudice
  2. pp. 76-106
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  1. The Problem of Romantic Love: Shakespeare and Evolutionary Psychology
  2. pp. 107-125
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  1. Male Bonding in the Epics and Romances
  2. pp. 126-144
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  1. PART II: THE EVOLUTIONARY RIDDLE OF ART
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. Evolutionary Theories of Art
  2. pp. 147-176
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  1. Reverse-Engineering Narrative: Evidence of Special Design
  2. pp. 177-196
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  1. PART I I I: DARWINIAN THEORY AND SCIENTIFIC METHODS
  2. pp. 197-198
  1. Quantitative Literary Study: A Modest Manifesto and Testing the Hypotheses of Feminist Fairy Tale Studies
  2. pp. 199-224
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  1. Proper Hero Dads and Dark Hero Cads: Alternate Mating Strategies Exemplified in British Romantic Literature
  2. pp. 225-243
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  1. Crossing the Abyss: Erotica and the Intersection of Evolutionary Psychology and Literary Studies
  2. pp. 244-258
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 259-264
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  1. Works Cited
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  1. Contributors
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810161832
Related ISBN
9780810122864
MARC Record
OCLC
607873768
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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