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Darwinian Literary Studies: Concept, Characteristics, Criticism

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Darwinian Literary Studies

Concept

  • This is a field of literary criticism which studies literature in the context of evolutionary theory. Particularly, it focuses on the theory of natural selection. Darwinian literary studies emerged in the 1990՚s, when many literary scholars were calling for a fundamental reshaping of the principles according to which literature was studied. These scholars argued that literature should be studied in relation to the findings of biological science. This shift in thought was influenced by Edward O Wilson՚s book Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. Wilson՚s publication argued that evolutionary pressures play an imp…

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Womanism: Concept, History, the Concept of Womanism (According to Alice Walker)

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  • This is a social theory that is based on the experiences of women of colour, particularly black women. It explores how concepts such as blackness and femininity are interrelated. Unlike traditional feminism, womanists believe that culture and femininity are equally significant. More specifically, a woman՚s experiences are determined not only by her femininity, but also by cultural factors such as race. The term womanist was coined by Alice Walker in her short story “Coming Apart” in the year 1979.
  • While womanism seems to resemble intersectional feminism, there are important distinctions between these two social theories. Inte…

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