Marking Time: Romanticism and Evolution

Edited by Joel Faflak

© 2017

Scholars have long studied the impact of Charles Darwin’s writings on nineteenth-century culture. However, few have ventured to examine the precursors to the ideas of Darwin and others in the Romantic period.

Marking Time, edited by Joel Faflak, analyses prevailing notions of evolution by tracing its origins to the literary, scientific, and philosophical discourses of the long nineteenth century. The volume’s contributors revisit key developments in the history of evolution prior to The Origin of Species and explore British and European Romanticism’s negotiation between the classic idea of a great immutable chain of being and modern notions of historical change. Marking Time reveals how Romantic and post-Romantic configurations of historical, socio-cultural, scientific, and philosophical transformation continue to exert a profound influence on critical and cultural thought.

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Marking Time, edited by Joel Faflak, analyses prevailing notions of evolution by tracing its origins to the literary, scientific, and philosophical discourses of the long nineteenth century.

Marking Time: Romanticism and Evolution

Edited by Joel Faflak

© 2017

Scholars have long studied the impact of Charles Darwin’s writings on nineteenth-century culture. However, few have ventured to examine the precursors to the ideas of Darwin and others in the Romantic period.

Marking Time, edited by Joel Faflak, analyses prevailing notions of evolution by tracing its origins to the literary, scientific, and philosophical discourses of the long nineteenth century. The volume’s contributors revisit key developments in the history of evolution prior to The Origin of Species and explore British and European Romanticism’s negotiation between the classic idea of a great immutable chain of being and modern notions of historical change. Marking Time reveals how Romantic and post-Romantic configurations of historical, socio-cultural, scientific, and philosophical transformation continue to exert a profound influence on critical and cultural thought.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.1in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "The importance of pre-Darwinian theorists of evolution is receiving more critical attention. Revealing how notions of evolution were very current and contested in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Marking Time illustrates how Romantic concerns with organicism, vitalism and natural history fed into contemporary understandings of natural development. Marking Time is a very impressive contribution to the currently vibrant subject of science and Romanticism, and highlights the work of leading scholars in the field."


    Peter J. Kitson, professor of English Literature, University of East Anglia

    "Containing superb, thought-provoking essays, Marking Time raises new questions about Darwin and the precursors and consequences of his thought."


    Tim Fulford, professor of English, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  • Author Information

    Joel Faflak is Professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies and Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University.
  • Table of contents

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    Marking Time: Romanticism and Evolution

    Joel Faflak

    Part 1 Romanticism's Darwin

    1. Plants, Analogy, and Perfection: Loose and Strict Analogies

    Gillian Beer

    2. Darwin and the Mobility of Species

    Alan Bewell

    3. Darwin’s Ideas

    Matthew Rowlinson

    Part 2 Romantic Temporalities

    4. Deep Time in the South Pacific: Scientific Voyaging and the Ancient/Primitive

    Analogy

    Noah Heringman

    5. Malthus Our Contemporary?: Toward a Political Economy of Sex

    Maureen N. McLane

    Part 3 Goethe and the Contingencies of Life

    6. Goethe's Morphology

    Gábor Áron Zemplén

    7. Vertiginous Life: Goethe, Bones, and Italy

    Andrew Piper

    8. Taking Chances

    Theresa M. Kelley

    Part 4 Evolutionary Idealisms

    9. Did Goethe and Schelling Endorse Species Evolution?

    Robert J. Richards

    10. The Vitality of Idealism: Life and Evolution in Schelling’s and Hegel’s Systems

    Tilottama Rajan

    11. Degeneration: Inversions of Teleology

    Joan Steigerwald

    Contributors

    Index

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