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Darwin and the island

Subtitle:
the impact of evolutionary thought on certain island texts of Wells, Conrad and Golding
Abstract:

This thesis examines the fictional island and assesses the impact of Darwinism on the genre. I show how islands have been a recurring feature in European literature, fictional spaces where authors create a microcosm in which they satirise, criticise or hold up a mirror to their own society. I argue that traditonal Utopian islands are static realms and that through the introduction of evolution (Darwin and Wallace made their most important discoveries regarding the mechanism of evolution o...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Faculty of English Language and Literature
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Publication date:
1995
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Barcode:
602337326
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