Marking Time: Romanticism and Evolution
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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- Page Count: 336 pages
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"…the essays in this volume offer interesting contributions to our understanding of the Romantic conception of natural history and its relation to Darwinian evolution – pointing toward the possibility of expanding the contours of the ‘Romantic Darwin’ narrative."
Andrea Gambarotto, Universite Catholique de Louvain
HPLS vol 40
"Marking Time: Romanticism and Evolution, thoughtfully edited by Joel Faflak, presents a multiplicity of thinkers delving deeply into the possibility and potential for entanglement among temporality, Romanticism, and evolution."
Dewey W. Hall, California State Polytechnic University
European Romantic Review, vol 30 1
"There is much to learn from Marking Time, both in terms of how evolution served as a pervasive concept and metaphor across multiple discourses and disciplines in the Romantic era, and in the specific writings and authors analyzed in individual chapters, in which familiar texts are made unfamiliar and unfamiliar texts are brought to the forefront. Marking Time will surely have a major effect on future studies of Romantic science and the history of evolution."
Seth T. Reno Auburn, University at Montgomery
"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 InformationJoel Faflak is professor of English and Theory at Western University, where he was also the Inaugural Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities.
Table of contents
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Marking Time: Romanticism and Evolution
Part 1 Romanticism's Darwin
1. Plants, Analogy, and Perfection: Loose and Strict Analogies
2. Darwin and the Mobility of Species
3. Darwin’s Ideas
Part 2 Romantic Temporalities
4. Deep Time in the South Pacific: Scientific Voyaging and the Ancient/Primitive
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
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
11. Degeneration: Inversions of Teleology
Subjects and Courses