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Author Harley, Alexis, author
Title Autobiologies : Charles Darwin and the natural history of the self / Alexis Harley
Imprint Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., [2015]
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  PR788.A9 H285 2015    AVAILABLE    30530001272558
Descript xvii, 213 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-208) and index
Introduction : Darwinian selves -- Darwin's family -- Naturalist self-fashioning and seeing in Darwin's Beagle diary -- Animal Darwin and the sympathy instinct -- Theories of self-transformation --"A natural history of myself" : Herbert Spencer's individuation -- Harriet Martineau's Autothanatography and the Comtean self -- De profundis, degeneration and Wilde's Spencerian individualism -- Father and son : Darwinism and the struggle of two temperaments -- In memoriam and the consolations of development -- Conclusion : After the Victorians
Through analysis of memoirs, diaries, letters, and natural histories by Victorian authors, this author explores how "evolutionary theories shaped nineteenth-century autobiographical practices and refashioned the human subject" and "how the lived experience of the individual theorist simultaneously impacted their biological formulations."
Subject Autobiography -- History -- 19th century
Human evolution in literature -- 19th century
Evolution (Biology) -- Authorship
Literature and science -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Alt Title Charles Darwin and the natural history of the self
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