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Title: Sexual plots in Charles Darwin and George Eliot : evolution and manliness in Adam Bede and The mill on the floss
Author: Da Silva, Sara Graça
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis explores the intersections between George Eliot's and Charles Darwin's fictional and scientific styles whilst demonstrating that Eliot and Darwin are both novelistic scientists and scientific novelists. By analysing their representation of masculinity, in particular masculine subjectivity, I argue that literature and science are first and foremost modes of expression, based on internal perceptions and projections, themselves variable, and liable to external influences. It is precisely the extent of these influences that determines the degree of feminine and masculine performativity. Close readings of Eliot's and Darwin's works ultimately reveal a complex and controversial communication, whilst uncovering two authors self-consciously aware of the importance of style, form, and the staging of visual representations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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