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Title: Biology and possibility : eugenics and Grant Allen (1848-1899)
Author: Marshall, Halle Alexandra
ISNI:       0000 0004 2671 5952
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2008
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Grant Allen (1848-1899), historian, art critic, essayist, naturalist, travel guide, detective writer, and novelist, produced a prodigious amount of work in a broad range of media in the space of twenty years. Despite his fecundity as a writer, Allen, whose name is most often associated with his scandalous novel of 1895, The Woman Who Did, has been somewhat of a sidelined interest in Victorian studies until very recently highlighted by the work of Peter Morton, Barbara Arnett Melchiori, and William Greenslade and Terence Rodgers. Allen is known for an overwhelming adherence to Darwinian descent with modification and a Spencerian vision of a progressive and all-encompassing evolutionism; his breezy, colorful and conversationalist writing style capable of engaging a broad audience; and a commitment to radical politics, especially in his views about sexual and marital roles. Recent critics of Allen's fiction have found that many of the progressive and radical sentiments expressed in his works are made problematic by an inability to completely relinquish conventional and established notions of gender, race, and class. Several have commented that Allen's eugenic leanings might be to blame. However, a satisfactory and comprehensive study on Allen's eugenic ideas in relation to his works of fiction is wanting.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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