Evolution and Literary Theory

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University of Missouri Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 518 pages

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

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...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...

Contents

CHAPTER
49
CHAPTER
96
CHAPTER THREE
129
CHAPTER FOUR
169
CHAPTER FIVE
222
CHAPTER
268
CHAPTER SEVEN
291
The Metaphysical Structure of Darwinian Thought
310
CHAPTER EIGHT
323
CHAPTER NINE
351
CHAPTER
382
CHAPTER ELEVEN
410
CHAPTER TWELVE
449
CONCLUSION
466
INDEX
497
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Joseph Carroll is the author of The Cultural Theory of Matthew Arnold and Wallace Stevens' Supreme Fiction. He is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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