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Title Atavistic tendencies : the culture of science in American modernity / Dana Seitler.
Imprint Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008.

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 315 pages) : illustrations
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-283) and index.
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Subject American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Atavism -- History -- 20th century.
Atavism -- History -- 19th century.
Eugenics in literature.
Human reproduction in literature.
Biology -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Biology -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and science -- History -- 20th century.
Literature and science -- History -- 19th century.
Medicine in Literature.
Eugenics.
Heredity.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
Science -- history.
United States.
United States
1800 - 1999
Genre Electronic book.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Contents Freud's menagerie: our atavistic sense of self -- Late modern morphologies: scientific empiricism and photographic representation -- "Wolf-wolf!"; narrating the science of desire -- Atavistic time: Tarzan, Dr. Fu Manchu, and the serial dime novel -- Unnatural selection: mothers, eugenic feminism, and regeneration narratives -- An atavistic embrace: ape, gorilla, wolf, man.
Summary The post-Darwinian theory of atavism forecasted obstacles to human progress in the reappearance of throwback physical or cultural traits after several generations of absence. In this original and stimulating work, Dana Seitler explores the ways in which modernity itself is an atavism, shaping a historical and theoretical account of its dramatic rise and impact on Western culture and imagination. Examining late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century science, fiction, and photography, Seitler discovers how modern thought oriented itself around this paradigm of obsolescence and return--one that s.
Other Title Print version: Seitler, Dana. Atavistic tendencies. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008 9780816651238 081665123X