New PDF release: Darwin and Faulkner's Novels: Evolution and Southern Fiction

By M. Wainwright

ISBN-10: 0230604625

ISBN-13: 9780230604629

Exhibiting a variety of wisdom and interpretive ability, Darwin and Faulkner's Novels reexamines the fiction of the nice 20th century American writer from the interdisciplinary point of view of sociobiology. tough the belief that Faulkner's South used to be not anything except a reactionary barren region and charting the style during which Faulkner discovered and utilized his evolutionary suggestions, this booklet unsettles staid interpretations of the Falknerian canon and overturns recurring judgments as to the worth of his later novels.

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Faulkner, despite living in an intellectually challenged region, and despite his European travels, was one such contemplative Mississippian. Moreover, as British biologist Richard Dawkins argues, an acceptance of Darwinism does not mean that everyone “has, graven in his brain, an identical copy of the exact words of Charles Darwin” (Selfish 195). Individuals have particular ways of interpreting ideas, and learning is often a circuitous process. Darwinian theories need not be learned from Darwin’s own writings.

Religion, as an ideological state apparatus, effectively conditioned the lives of Mississippians. Nonetheless, the traditional agrarian environment—an era without stock market intervention, a time when children could play in the streets and visit homes uninvited, the Lafayette before billboards and neon signs—was in decline. Intrusions into the rural landscape dispelled dreams of permanent aristocratic splendor. Cotton, introduced from Mexico in the early nineteenth century, had become the most lucrative of southern commodities.

The swamp is not deep, the two explorers are on their way, but they are soon out of their depth. Nature, as characterized by the indigenous mosquitoes, holds sway over humanity. The biting insects literally bring Patricia and David to their knees. Stranded on the margins between civilization and wilderness, they flounder in appalling straits. On board, meanwhile, Patricia and David’s disappearance intensifies the unease engendered by the uninhabited surroundings. To provide relief, Fairchild begins to ridicule one source of the tension, the specter of evolutionary regression—his tale telling revitalizing the anecdotes that Faulkner had concocted with Anderson during the spring of 1925.

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