BIOLOGY AND THE ARTS
DARWINIAN LITERARY THEORY
Decodings, 23rd Annual Conference, Society
for Literature, Science and the Arts,
Atlanta, November 5-8
Close Encounters, Fourth European Biannual
Conference, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts,
Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of
18th Annual Conference, Society for
Literature and Science, Durham, North Carolina, October 14-17
Joseph Carroll, and Jonathan Gottschall, eds. Evolution, Literature and Film: a Reader.
New York: Columbia UP, 2010.
Cooke, Brett, and
Frederick Turner, eds. Biopoetics: Evolutionary Explorations in the
Arts. ICUS, 1999.
Gottschall, Jonathan, and David Sloan Wilson, eds.
The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative.
Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2005.
Robin, and Jon Joe McFadden, eds. Human Nature: Fact and Fiction.
London: Continuum, 2006.
Colin, Paul Locher, and Vladimir M. Petrov, eds. Evolutionary and Neurocognitive Approaches to
Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. New York: Baywood, 2007.
Selected Individual Works:
- Beer, Gillian. Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative
in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction. London: Methuen, 1983.
- Boyd, Brian. On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition
and Fiction. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2009.
- Coe, Kathryn. The Ancestress Hypothesis: Visual Art as
Adaptation. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2003.
- Cooke, Brett. Human Nature in Utopia: Zamyatin's We.
Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2002.
Dissanayake, Ellen. Art and Intimacy:
How the Arts Began. Seattle: U of Washington P, 2000.
Dissanayake, Ellen. Homo Aestheticus:
Where Art Comes From and Why. New York: Free Press, 1992.
Dissanayake, Ellen. What Is Art For?.
Seattle: U of Washington P, 1988.
Dutton, Dennis. The Art Instinct: Beauty,
Pleasure and Human Evolution. London: Bloomsbury, 2008.
Fromm, Harold. The Nature of Being Human: From
Environmentalism to Consciousness. Baltimore: Johns
Hopkins UP, 2009.
Gottschall, Jonathan. Literature, Science,
and a New Humanities. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Gottschall, Jonathan. The Rape of Troy:
Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer. Cambridge:
Grodal, Torben. Embodied Visions: Evolution,
Emotion, Culture, and Film. Oxford: OUP, 2009.
Headlam Wells, Robin. Shakespeare's Humanism.
Cambridge: CUP, 2005.
Hood, Randall. The Genetic Function and Nature
of Literature. California State Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo,
Love, Glen. Practical Ecocriticism: Literature,
Biology, and the Environment. Charlottesville: U of Virginia
Machann, Clinton. Masculinity in Four Victorian
Epics: a Darwinist Reading. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.
Miller, Geoffrey. The Mating Mind.
Nordlund, Marcus. Shakespeare and the
Nature of Love: Literature, Culture, Evolution. Evanston,
IL: Northwestern UP, 2007.
Salmon, Catherine, and Donal Symons. Warrior
Lovers: Erotic Fiction, Evolution, and Female Sexuality.
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2001.
Saunders, Judith. Reading Edith Wharton Through
a Darwinian Lens: Evolutionary Biological Issues In Her Fiction.
Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009.
Storey, Robert. Mimesis and the Human Animal:
on the Biogenetic Foundations of Literary Representation.
Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2006.
Swirski, Peter. Literature, Analytically
Speaking: Explorations in the Theory of Interpretation, Analytic
Aesthetics, and Evolution. Austin: U of Texas P, 2010.
Swirski, Peter. Of Literature and Knowledge:
Explorations in Narrative Thought Experiments, Evolution, and Game
Theory. London: Routledge, 2007.
Turner, Frederick. The Culture of Hope.
Turner, Frederick. Natural Classicism.
Vermeule, Blakey. Why Do We Care about Literary
Characters? Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2010.
Benzon, William. "Signposts for a Naturalist
Criticism." Entelechy: Mind and Culture (2005-2006): .
Comeuppance: Costly Signaling, Altruistic Punishment, and Other
Biological Components of Fiction. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP,
Darwinian Misadventures in the Humanities. Transaction, 2009.
Kramnick, Jonathan. "Against Literary Darwinism."
Critical Inquiry (2011): .
Pinker, Steven. "Toward a Consilient Study of
Literature." Philosophy and Literature 31 (2007): 162-178.
Selected Individual Works:
New Curriculum Designed to Unite Art and Science
New York Times
May 27, 2008
On the Origin of Stories The Arbuturian January 5,
The Artistic Animal
Lingua Franca (2001)
The Other Darwin
The Walrus August 17, 2008
Adaptation: On Literary Darwinism Nation May 20, 2009
Why Dead Authors Can Thrill Modern Readers Live Science
April 15, 2009
Max, D. T.:
The Literary Darwinists
New York Times November 6, 2005
Darwin to the
Rescue Chronicle of Higher Education August 1, 2008
Boston Globe November 6, 2005
Literary Darwinism: Textual Selection
Nature 439 (January 26, 2006)
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