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By David Bradshaw

ISBN-10: 0631220550

ISBN-13: 9780631220558

This concise better half bargains an cutting edge method of figuring out the Modernist literary brain in Britain, concentrating on the highbrow and cultural contexts, which formed it. bargains an cutting edge method of knowing the Modernist literary brain in Britain. is helping readers to know the highbrow and cultural contexts of literary Modernism. Organised round modern rules akin to Freudianism and eugenics instead of literary genres. Relates literary Modernism to the overarching problems with the interval, corresponding to feminism, imperialism and battle.

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Why can’t a woman be content to be a woman? What does she want to make a beastly man of herself for? . these people are a sex of their own . . They have invented a new gender. ” For Sylvester, the “Advancement of Woman” is the flipside of “the Decay of Man” (Grundy 1894: I, 1). Biological determinism would prove a powerful counter-narrative to the emerging freedoms of the fin de siècle. From the early nineteenth century onward a newly emergent biology allowed pronouncements on sex to be made with greater certainty, and femininity, with its apparent attendant traits – care, maternity, morality – was increasingly biologized.

6 The Life Sciences This theory attempted to account for the transmutation of species, and posited that in responding to environmental changes, organisms were constantly susceptible to structural and functional changes. Each generation, in learning to cope with its environment, would transmit its learning, as acquired characteristics, to successive generations. It drew upon the materialist belief in spontaneous generation, the ascent of a scale of organization – a biological reworking of the great chain of being – and the idea of environmental influence, primarily education, which a number of Enlightenment thinkers had accepted in different forms.

It is not the weal or woe 17 Angelique Richardson of any one individual, but that of the human race to come, which is here at stake” (Asher 1871: 323 in Darwin 1874: 586). Biology and Sex Roles During the social and sexual upheavals of the nineteenth century, the boundary between the sexes became fraught with new and anxious uncertainty and was policed with a vengeance. Difference as an organizing principle thrives where divisions are not obvious. For example, while Hardy introduced Christian Cantle the hermaphrodite into The Return of the Native (1878) Frederic Harrison, social reformer and friend of George Eliot, declared: “Women must choose to be either women or abortive men.

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