The immediacy and variety of these texts make this an entertaining read which will suggest avenues for further research to students.
Author: Charles Darwin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Darwin and Women focusses on Darwin's correspondence with women and on the lives of the women he knew and wrote to. It includes a large number of hitherto unpublished letters between members of Darwin's family and their friends that throw light on the lives of the women of his circle and their relationships, social and professional, with Darwin. The letters included are by turns entertaining, intriguing, and challenging, and are organised into thematic chapters, including botany and zoology as well as marriage and servants, that set them in an accessible narrative context. Darwin's famous remarks on women's intelligence in Descent of Man provide a recurring motif, and are discussed in the foreword by Gillian Beer, and in the introduction. The immediacy and variety of these texts make this an entertaining read which will suggest avenues for further research to students.
Kimberly A. Hamlin reveals how a number of nineteenth-century women, raised on the idea that Eve’s sin forever fixed women’s subordinate status, embraced Darwinian evolution—especially sexual selection theory as explained in The ...
Author: Kimberly A. Hamlin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
From Eve to Evolution provides the first full-length study of American women’s responses to evolutionary theory and illuminates the role science played in the nineteenth-century women’s rights movement. Kimberly A. Hamlin reveals how a number of nineteenth-century women, raised on the idea that Eve’s sin forever fixed women’s subordinate status, embraced Darwinian evolution—especially sexual selection theory as explained in The Descent of Man—as an alternative to the creation story in Genesis. Hamlin chronicles the lives and writings of the women who combined their enthusiasm for evolutionary science with their commitment to women’s rights, including Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Eliza Burt Gamble, Helen Hamilton Gardener, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. These Darwinian feminists believed evolutionary science proved that women were not inferior to men, that it was natural for mothers to work outside the home, and that women should control reproduction. The practical applications of this evolutionary feminism came to fruition, Hamlin shows, in the early thinking and writing of the American birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger. Much scholarship has been dedicated to analyzing what Darwin and other male evolutionists had to say about women, but very little has been written regarding what women themselves had to say about evolution. From Eve to Evolution adds much-needed female voices to the vast literature on Darwin in America.
What role do women play in the field of cultural transfer and transmission and how active were women in developing the profession of cultural transmitter?In this volume, the first in the series Studies on Cultural Transfer and Transmission ...
Author: Petra Broomans
Cultural transmitters, or mediators, play an important role in the transmission and reception of literature. What is a cultural transmitter? What role do women play in the field of cultural transfer and transmission and how active were women in developing the profession of cultural transmitter?In this volume, the first in the series Studies on Cultural Transfer and Transmission (CTaT), a select group of scholars from various disciplines from Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia discuss the concept of 'cultural transmitter' from a gender perspective. The importance of the ideologies women cultural transmitters themselves entertained concerning the reception of literature is also investigated.The essays demonstrate that religious, political and economic structures played guiding roles in the lives of many women cultural transmitters. Therefore, they dealt with feminism and sociopolitical issues, sexual politics, the practice of translation (to earn money), the role of women in society and how women were raised, the position of women writers and critics and religion. Examples of other fields in which women cultural transmitters were involved include science and philosophy. Furthermore, the discusssion of the concept of 'cultural transmitter' from a gender perspective reveals that religion, nation, womanhood and entrepreneurship are important aspects to be incorporated into any definition of a cultural transmitter.While the focus is on Scandinavia and the Dutch-speaking region in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the positions and activities of the cultural transmitters discussed can be 'translated' into other language areas and 'transferred' to other periods.
In Chapter 8 , upon Instinct , Mr . Darwin writes : “ Many instincts are so wonderful
that their development will probably appear to the reader a difficulty sufficient to
overthrow my whole theory . I may here premise , that I have nothing to do with ...
Patrick B. Sharp traces how these feminist visions of scientific femininity, Amazonian power and evolutionary progress proved influential on many women publishing in the SF magazines of the late 1920s and early 1930s, and presents a ...
Author: Patrick B Sharp
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Darwinian Feminism in Early Science Fiction provides the first detailed scholarly examination of women’s SF in the early magazine period before the Second World War. Tracing the tradition of women’s SF back to the 1600s, the author demonstrates how women such as Margaret Cavendish and Mary Shelley drew critical attention to the colonial mindset of scientific masculinity, which was attached to scientific institutions that excluded women. In the late nineteenth century, Charles Darwin’s theory of sexual selection provided an impetus for a number of first-wave feminists to imagine Amazonian worlds where women control their own bodies, relationships and destinies. Patrick B. Sharp traces how these feminist visions of scientific femininity, Amazonian power and evolutionary progress proved influential on many women publishing in the SF magazines of the late 1920s and early 1930s, and presents a compelling picture of the emergence to prominence of feminist SF in the early twentieth century before vanishing until the 1960s.
In the year 1778 , Anne , Countess of Northesk , wife of George the sixth Earl ,
was led by the medical reputation of Dr. Darwin to sojourn for some time at
Lichfield . She was suffering from a dangerous malady which had baffled the skill
of all ...
Since 1870 Mr . " Arden , ” a novel , and “ Emily Brontë , " Darwin has been
principally occupied and " Marguerite Queen of Navarre ” in with mathematical
and physical investithe “ Eminent Women Series , " 1883 ; gations connected with
women ; men had more prominent eyebrows , more hair and a deeper voice ;
they were more courageous , aggressive and energetic ; and they were more
inventive . In contrast , women were rounder , matured earlier and had a broader
This volume marks a new approach to a seminal work of the new modern scientific imagination.
Author: David Amigoni
Publisher: Manchester University Press
This volume marks a new approach to a seminal work of the new modern scientific imagination. Darwin's central theory of natural selection neither originated nor could be contained within the natural sciences, but continues to shape and challenge our most basic assumptions about human social and political life. Seven readings, crossing the fields of history, literature, sociology, anthropology and the history of science, demonstate the complex position of the text within the cultural debates past and present.
For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex.
Author: Angela Saini
Publisher: Beacon Press
For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subservient. Science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different. But a huge wave of research is now revealing that women are as strong, powerful, strategic, and smart as anyone else. Saini takes readers on a journey to uncover science's failure to understand women and to show how women's bodies and minds are finally being rediscovered.
In the monogamous family , women could finally be placed on the pedestal on
which they belonged . They were emancipated from physical labor and from the
burden of male “ passions ' ; with settled family life , women lived longer because
Mr. Darwin cites as a case of reversion to a former type , an instance in which a
man was the possessor of two pairs of ... It is true that instances have been
observed in which characters peculiar to males have been developed in females
Mosher was among the earliest researchers to give evidence of the plasticity of
the female's physical structure , but feminists and a few doctors had been arguing
for years that women ( whatever their structure ) would enjoy better health if they
156 - 158 ) Darwin stresses the variability of secondary sexual characteristics . ...
What seems to have struck Darwin most when he observed males and females of
species throughout the natural world was the tremendous difference between ...
What was the role of women , whose progenitive powers physically transmitted
the race ? How did relations between men and women subserve generation and
development ? In The Descent of Man Darwin , citing Schopenhauer , relates ...
males in Rabaul were Chinesel and 73 per cent of nonEuropean women ; in Darwin the Chinese males made up 49 per cent of the non - European males and
the females 26 per cent . There were one Chinese man and one Chinese woman
Author: Amirah Inglis
Publisher: London : Sussex University Press
Category: Crimes sexuels - Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée - Port Moresby
tion to arguing in Descent for evolution's creation of men's physical prowess and women's relative constitutional ... But many of Darwin's contemporaries took his
logic a few steps further than he was able to take his theory of selection through ...
Author: Tina Gianquitto
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Category: Literary Criticism
While much has been written about the impact of Darwin's theories on U.S. culture, and countless scholarly collections have been devoted to the science of evolution, few have addressed the specific details of Darwin's theories as a cultural force affecting U.S. writers. America's Darwin fills this gap and features a range of critical approaches that examine U.S. textual responses to Darwin's works. The scholars in this collection represent a range of disciplines--literature, history of science, women's studies, geology, biology, entomology, and anthropology. All pay close attention to the specific forms that Darwinian evolution took in the United States, engaging not only with Darwin's most famous works, such as On the Origin of Species, but also with less familiar works, such as The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Each contributor considers distinctive social, cultural, and intellectual conditions that affected the reception and dissemination of evolutionary thought, from before the publication of On the Origin of Species to the early years of the twenty-first century. These essays engage with the specific details and language of a wide selection of Darwin's texts, treating his writings as primary sources essential to comprehending the impact of Darwinian language on American writers and thinkers. This careful engagement with the texts of evolution enables us to see the broad points of its acceptance and adoption in the American scene; this approach also highlights the ways in which writers, reformers, and others reconfigured Darwinian language to suit their individual purposes. America's Darwin demonstrates the many ways in which writers and others fit themselves to a narrative of evolution whose dominant motifs are contingency and uncertainty. Collectively, the authors make the compelling case that the interpretation of evolutionary theory in the U.S. has always shifted in relation to prevailing cultural anxieties.