By David Bradshaw

This concise significant other deals an cutting edge method of realizing the Modernist literary brain in Britain, targeting the highbrow and cultural contexts, which formed it. bargains an leading edge method of realizing the Modernist literary brain in Britain. is helping readers to know the highbrow and cultural contexts of literary Modernism. Organised round modern rules resembling Freudianism and eugenics instead of literary genres. Relates literary Modernism to the overarching problems with the interval, resembling feminism, imperialism and battle.

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Woman will have disappeared” (1891: 451–2). ” Throwing down The Physiology of the Sexes, the Colonel declares: “Oh, this eternal babble of the sexes! Why can’t a woman be content to be a woman? What does she want to make a beastly man of herself for? . these people are a sex of their own . . They have invented a new gender. ” For Sylvester, the “Advancement of Woman” is the flipside of “the Decay of Man” (Grundy 1894: I, 1). Biological determinism would prove a powerful counter-narrative to the emerging freedoms of the fin de siècle.

Hardy’s post-Darwinian poems form a sustained lament for the loss of divine agency: Has some Vast Imbecility, Mighty to build and blend, But impotent to tend, Framed us in jest, and left us now to hazardry? Or come we of an Automaton Unconscious of our pains? (“Nature’s Questioning,” Wessex Poems, 1898) Darwin himself found it difficult to adjust to a universe without meaning, and he retained residual hopes that evolution might in the end work for the good of living beings and community: that “the vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply” (1859: Ch.

An interest in Nietzsche,” indeed: was not uncommon among the eugenists. Maximilian Mügge . . who occasionally lectured for the Eugenics Education Society, wrote in 1909 in the first volume of the Eugenics Review that Galton had founded a racial religion: the ideal of the super-man would supply the religious feeling of responsibility which would give the science its popular support. Havelock Ellis, another founding member of the [Eugenics Education] Society, was also one of Nietzsche’s most prolific exponents in English .

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