Evolution and Literary Theory
Carroll anatomizes the irrationalism of current literary theory with surgical precision. In a concise, lucid prose, he lays bare the sophistries at the heart of the doctrines propounded by Derrida, Foucault, Jameson, Greenblatt, Eagleton, J. Hillis Miller, Fish, and many others. In opposition to the textualism and indeterminacy that constitute the central doctrines of poststructuralism, Carroll affiliates himself with a realist and naturalist tradition of thought that runs from Darwin and Huxley, through Leslie Stephen and Thorstein Veblen, to Konrad Lorenz and Karl Popper. He offers a comprehensive synthesis of current evolutionary theory in the human sciences, and he shows why the evolutionary paradigm provides the only adequate source for a modern theory of culture.
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Carroll's prose is boring and soporific. He oftentimes contradicts himself. In his writing, if one reads closely, he demonstrates his sexism and homophobia. The structure of the book doesn't flow and ... Read full review
...note that Mr. Carroll's condensation of Frye's entire professional career into the dismissive paragraph of pg 201, which is all I've read, is so absurdly caricatured that i could not help myself but...