Evolution and Literary Theory (Hardback)
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Evolution and Literary Theory (Hardback)

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Hardback 512 Pages / Published: 31/12/1994
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This work attacks the foundational principles of poststructuralism and offers in their stead a new theory that situates literary criticism within the matrix of evolutionary theory. Opposing textualism and indeterminacy, the author affiliates himself with a realist and naturalist perspective.

Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826209795
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 984 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Carroll is a man with big ideas and a big subject. If he is interested in literary criticism, and indeed he is, he is also interested in running this back to the moment of creation and looking on ahead to what may come to pass in the centuries ahead. In short, he has an enormous philosophical thesis."-Cleanth Brooks


"Joseph Carroll's Evolution and Literary Theory is a courageous and much needed attempt to do battle with the dragon of social constructivism. Although, as its title suggests, the book focuses on literary theory, its scope is really much wider."-Washington Times


""Evolution and Literary Theory" is indeed a work of considerable erudition, and also a work of substantial engagement, partly because of the quality of the author's openness of mind, reasonableness of argument, and clarity of writing. . . . In recollection of Darwin's description of "The Origin of Species, " Carroll's book is one long argument against poststructuralism in the light of what is now known about Darwinian naturalism. For, contrary to other criticisms that might be made about poststructuralism, Carroll has an alternative for those literary critics who find poststructuralism inadequate or simply wrong-headed. . . . It is the Darwinian naturalism that is the central contribution of Carroll."-Carl N. Degler


"Joseph Carroll's Evolution and Literary Theory is a courageous and much needed attempt to do battle with the dragon of social constructivism. Although, as its title suggests, the book focuses on literary theory, its scope is really much wider." Washington Times"


"Carroll is a man with big ideas and a big subject. If he is interested in literary criticism, and indeed he is, he is also interested in running this back to the moment of creation and looking on ahead to what may come to pass in the centuries ahead. In short, he has an enormous philosophical thesis." Cleanth Brooks"


""Evolution and Literary Theory" is indeed a work of considerable erudition, and also a work of substantial engagement, partly because of the quality of the author's openness of mind, reasonableness of argument, and clarity of writing. . . . In recollection of Darwin's description of "The Origin of Species, " Carroll's book is one long argument against poststructuralism in the light of what is now known about Darwinian naturalism. For, contrary to other criticisms that might be made about poststructuralism, Carroll has an alternative for those literary critics who find poststructuralism inadequate or simply wrong-headed. . . . It is the Darwinian naturalism that is the central contribution of Carroll." Carl N. Degler"


"Joseph Carroll's Evolution and Literary Theory is a courageous and much needed attempt to do battle with the dragon of social constructivism. Although, as its title suggests, the book focuses on literary theory, its scope is really much wider."--Washington Times


"Carroll is a man with big ideas and a big subject. If he is interested in literary criticism, and indeed he is, he is also interested in running this back to the moment of creation and looking on ahead to what may come to pass in the centuries ahead. In short, he has an enormous philosophical thesis."--Cleanth Brooks


"Evolution and Literary Theory is indeed a work of considerable erudition, and also a work of substantial engagement, partly because of the quality of the author's openness of mind, reasonableness of argument, and clarity of writing. . . . In recollection of Darwin's description of The Origin of Species, Carroll's book is one long argument against poststructuralism in the light of what is now known about Darwinian naturalism. For, contrary to other criticisms that might be made about poststructuralism, Carroll has an alternative for those literary critics who find poststructuralism inadequate or simply wrong-headed. . . . It is the Darwinian naturalism that is the central contribution of Carroll."--Carl N. Degler

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