Taking up the historical evolution of Darwin and his theories and the cultural responses they have inspired, Reflecting on Darwin poses the following questions: 'How are the apparatuses in the mid-nineteenth century and at the turn of the twenty-first century interconnected with bio-scientific paradigms in art, literature, culture and science?' 'How are naturalism, determinism and Darwinism - the eugenics of the nineteenth century and the genetic coding of the twentieth century - positioned, embodied and staged in various media configurations and media genres?' and 'How have particular media apparatuses formed, displaced or stabilized the various concepts of humankind in the framework of evolutionary theory?' Ranging from the early circulation of Darwin’s ideas to the present, this interdisciplinary collection pays particular attention to Darwin’s postmillennial reception. Beginning with an overview of the historical development of contemporary ecological and ethical fears, Reflecting on Darwin then turns to Darwin’s influence on contemporary media, neo-Victorian literature and culture, science fiction literature and film, and contemporary theory. In examining the plurality of ways in which Darwin has been rewritten and reappropriated, this unique volume both mirrors and inspects the complexity of recent debates in Victorian and neo-Victorian studies.
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Introduction, MonikaPietrzak-Franger, EckartVoigts; Part 1 The Cultural Evolution of Darwin’s Thought; Chapter 1 ‘I differ widely from you’, AngeliqueRichardson; Chapter 2 Evolution, Heredity and Visuality, SusanneScholz; Chapter 3 ‘How like us is that ugly brute, the ape!’, JochenPetzold; Chapter 4 Gender Trouble as Monkey Business, JulikaGriem; Part 2 Darwin’s Cultural Resonance Today; Chapter 5 Neo-Victorian Darwin, AnnHeilmann; Chapter 6 (Mis-)Representations of Darwin’s Origin and Evolutionary Master Narratives in The Sea (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), Felix C.H.Sprang; Chapter 7 Evolution for Better or for Worse?, AngelaSchwarz; Part 3 Darwin as ‘Pop Star’ of Contemporary Theory; Chapter 8 Displacing Humans, Reconfiguring Darwin in Contemporary Culture and Theory, VirginiaRichter; Chapter 9 Ordering Darwin, NilsWilkinson; Chapter 10 The Limits of Sociobiology, MathiasGutmann; Chapter 11 ‘Survival of the Fittest’ in Darwinian Metaphysics, Mommevon Sydow;