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ISBN-10: 0231150199

ISBN-13: 9780231150194

Edition: 2010

Authors: Brian Boyd, Joseph Carroll, Jonathan Gottschall

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Evolution, Literature, and Filmoffers 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 Filmopens 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, Brontë, 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
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Editors' Note
Introduction
Evolution and Human Nature
Historical Overview
Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind (2008)
The Theory of Evolution
Recapitulation and Conclusion, from On the Origin of Species (1859)
The Digital River (1995)
Humankind
General Summary and Conclusion, from The Descent of Man (1871)
Man: From Sociobiology to Sociology (1975)
The Universal People (1991)
Sociobiology at Century's End (2000)
Evolution and Explanation (2005)
Evolutionary Social Constructivism (2005)
The Riddle of Art
Art and Adaptation (1997)
The Arts and Their Interpretation (1998)
Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began (2000)
Arts of Seduction (2000)
Does Beauty Build Adapted Minds? Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Aesthetics, Fiction, and the Arts (2001)
The Uses of Fiction (2009)
Literature, Film, and Evolution: Theory
Getting It All Wrong: Bioculture Critiques Cultural Critique (2006)
Imagining Human Nature
Two Worlds: The Ghost and the Machine (2008)
Consilient Literary Interpretation (2002)
Humanism and Human Nature in the Renaissance (2005)
The Reality of Illusion (1996)
Darwin and the Directors: Film, Emotion, and the Face in the Age of Evolution (2003)
What Snakes, Eagles, and Rhesus Macaques Can Teach Us (2008)
Interpretations
Homeric Women: Re-imagining the Fitness Landscape (2008)
New Science, Old Myth: An Evolutionary Critique of the Oedipal Paradigm (2001)
The Wheel of Fire and the Mating Game: Explaining the Origins of Tragedy and Comedy (2005)
Jealousy in Othello (2007)
Wordsworth, Psychoanalysis, and the "Discipline of Love" (2000)
Vindication and Vindictiveness: Oliver Twist (2007)
The Cuckoo's History: Human Nature in Wuthering Heights (2008)
Human Nature, Utopia, and Dystopia: Zamyatin's We (2002)
Paternal Confidence in Zora Neale Hurston's "The Gilded Six-Bits"
Character in Citizen Kane (1996)
Convention, Construction, and Cinematic Vision (1996/2008)
Art and Evolution: The Avant-Garde as Test Case: Spiegelman in The Narrative Corpse (2008)
Literature as Laboratory
Literature, Science, and a New Humanities (2008)
Slash Fiction and Human Mating Psychology (2004)
Cultural Variation Is Part of Human Nature: Literary Universals, Context-Sensitivity, and "Shakespeare in the Bush" (2003)
Paleolithic Politics in British Novels of the Longer Nineteenth Century
Bibliography
Contributors
Index