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Literary Darwinism



Not quite Literary Darwinism for Dummies:
Darwin to the Rescue: A group of scholars thinks evolutionary science can reinvigorate literary studies

by Britt Peterson

Chronicle of Higher Education 1 August 2008
Literary Darwinism should be deselected, naturally

Shirely Dent

Guardian blog,  5 September 2008

The Literary Darwinists by D T Max     NYT Magazine  6 November 2005


A short post expressing doubts on LD by Stephen Berlin Johnson

7 November 2005

links back to Dennis Dutton’s, The Pleasure of Fiction, in Philosophy and Literature 28 (2004)



September 7, 2008 Posted by | Darwin, evolutionary biology, Literature | | Leave a comment

Evolution of literary Darwinism



Literary Darwinism popped up again in 3 Quarks, so thought a few markers might be useful here. It mentions a new short article in a The New York Times blog, Papercuts, How Would Darwin Read? by Jennifer Schuessler which links to D.T. Max’s 2005, review (‘The Literary Darwinists’) of Literary Animal, The Evolution and the Nature of Narrative, Edited by Jonathan Gottschall and David Sloan Wilson

David contributed a talk to The Science Network forum in 2007.

Here will be a links as I find them on (for and against) literary Darwinism:

(1) Literary Animals? a post in Valve mentioning an essay:

(2) Signposts for a Naturalistic Criticism by William Benzon

(3) The Pleasures of Fiction Denis Dutton, Philosophy and Literature 28 (2004)

(4) Reading Homo Sapiens David Michelson (Skeptic Magazine 2005)

(5) The Nature of Literature Michelle Scalise Sugiyama ( a review of Madame Bovery’s Ovaries)

February 23, 2008 Posted by | reading, Writing | | Leave a comment