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Introduction: Getting Serious with the Fans

Tom Shippey

in Hard Reading: Learning from Science Fiction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382615
eISBN:
9781786945167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382615.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In this chapter two views of history are presented and opposed to each other: the Whig interpretation, which tends to see history as proceeding naturally and inevitably to the present state, often as ... More


Observing Selection: Charles Darwin and the Emergence of the Racial Sign

Irene Tucker

in The Moment of Racial Sight: A History

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226922935
eISBN:
9780226922959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226922959.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Race, as was shown in the previous chapters, is constructed and organized on the model of the arbitrary relationship between signifier and signified. This chapter takes on a different task: to ... More


The Eighteenth Century

Michael Ruse

in Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about Evolution

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190241025
eISBN:
9780190241056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241025.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The big battle in the eighteenth century, the Age of the Enlightenment, was between Providence—we can do nothing save through the Blood of the Lamb—and Progress—we humans can improve our lot through ... More


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