Download Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siecle by J. Reid PDF

By J. Reid

During this attention-grabbing publication, Reid examines Robert Louis Stevenson's writings within the context of late-Victorian evolutionist proposal, arguing that an curiosity in 'primitive' tradition is on the middle of his paintings. She investigates quite a lot of Stevenson's writing, together with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Treasure Island, delivering a brand new method of figuring out the connection among his Scottish and South Seas paintings. Reid's shut awareness to Stevenson's engagement with anthropological and mental debate additionally illuminates the intersections among literature and technology on the fin de siecle, and contains formerly unpublished fabric from the Stevenson archive at Yale. Reid's interpretation bargains a brand new approach of knowing the connection among his Scottish and South Seas paintings. Her research of Stevenson's engagement with anthropological and mental debate additionally illuminates the dynamic intersections among literature and technology on the fin de si??cle.

Show description

Read or Download Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siecle (Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture) PDF

Similar english literature books

Fiction against History: Scott as Storyteller

Walter Scott used to be acutely aware of the fictionality of his "historical" narratives. Assuming Scott's prepared wisdom of the issues of old illustration, James Kerr reads the Waverley novels as a grand fictional undertaking developed round the dating among the language of fiction and the historic truth.

Literary Authors, Parliamentary Reporters: Johnson, Coleridge, Hazlitt, Dickens

Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Hazlitt and Charles Dickens all labored as parliamentary journalists, yet their reviews within the press gallery haven't bought a lot scrutiny. Nikki Hessell's examine is the 1st paintings to contemplate all 4 of those canonical writers as gallery newshounds, offering a close photograph of this exciting episode of their careers.

Thinking Through Blake : Essays in Literary Contrariety

A seminal determine in Romantic poetry and visible arts, William Blake maintains to steer sleek literary feedback. during this ebook, Blake student possibility Adams provides a range of essays that span his lengthy occupation exploring the paintings and regarded the groundbreaking artist. themes variety from the symbolic shape in Blake's poem Jerusalem, the realm view of Blake with regards to cultural coverage and the suggestion of contrariety in Blake's writings to the relation of chinese language literary proposal to that of the West, the serious paintings of Northrop Frye and Murray Krieger and the cultural and educational prestige of the arts.

The comfort of strangers: social life and literary form

Within the ordinary bills, literature of the 19th century compulsively tells the tale of the person and interiority. yet amidst the newly dense social landscapes of modernity, with London because the first urban of 1 million population, this literature additionally sought to symbolize these unknown and unmet: strangers.

Extra info for Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siecle (Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture)

Example text

27 For Stevenson, literature’s instinctual gratification is no less important than its appeal to the allegedly higher intellectual and moral faculties. 28 ‘Pastoral’ (1887) and ‘The Manse’ (1887) suggest more forcefully the potentially disturbing aspects of Stevenson’s evolutionist rhetoric, its paradoxical ability to unsettle the narrative of smooth psychological progress from savagery to civilization. In both essays, Stevenson deploys ‘organic memory’ theory to subversive effect. ‘Pastoral’, published in Longman’s in 1887, recollects Stevenson’s childhood delight in a shepherd’s stories, and ponders the importance of heredity in narrative pleasure.

7 Stevenson’s ambivalence towards evolutionist psychology emerges most clearly in the well-known, transatlantic literary debate about ‘romance’ and ‘realism’. The clash between the supporters of romance and the defenders of realism was not a new contest of values, but it took on renewed urgency in the 1880s, in the context of arguments about the new ‘mass readership’, the advance of literature, and the intellectual growth of contemporary readers. The disagreement drew on conflicting evolutionary narratives.

89 The equivocal nature of Stevenson’s deployment of evolutionist psychology emerges most clearly from the conflicting evolutionist responses to ‘A Chapter on Dreams’. Sully and Myers both welcomed the essay as a recognition of the wide compass of the unconscious. Myers’s reaction was one of whole-hearted enthusiasm. Critics have usually seen Stevenson as drawing inspiration from Myers, rather than engaging in creative dialogue. 91 Myers responded excitedly to ‘A Chapter on Dreams’, sensing that Stevenson’s experiences might illuminate the mysteries of the unconscious mind.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.18 of 5 – based on 41 votes