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Evolution, Literature, and Film
Author: Brian Boyd

ISBN: 9780231150187
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 584
Published: 16 April 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 3.2
Description:


"Evolution, Literature, and Film" offers 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 Film" opens 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....

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