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The Resource Modernism and eugenics : Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the culture of degeneration, Donald J. Childs

Modernism and eugenics : Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the culture of degeneration, Donald J. Childs

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Modernism and eugenics : Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the culture of degeneration
Title
Modernism and eugenics
Title remainder
Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the culture of degeneration
Statement of responsibility
Donald J. Childs
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Modernism and Eugenics, Donald J. Childs shows how Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, and W. B. Yeats believed in eugenics, the science of race improvement, and adapted this scientific discourse to the language and purposes of the modern imagination. Childs traces the impact of the eugenics movement on such modernist works as Mrs. Dalloway, A Room of One's Own, The Waste Land, and Yeats's late poetry and early plays. The language of eugenics moves, he claims, between public discourse and personal perspectives. It informs Woolf's theorization of woman's imagination; in Eliot's poetry, it pictures as a nightmare the myriad contemporary eugenical threats to humankind's biological and cultural future. And for Yeats, it becomes integral to his engagement with the occult and his commitment to Irish nationalism. This is an original study of a controversial theme which reveals the centrality of eugenics in the life and work of several major modernist writers."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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Childs, Donald J
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Woolf, Virginia
  • Eliot, Thomas Stearns
  • Yeats, William Butler
  • English literature
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Degeneration in literature
  • Eugenics in literature
  • Race in literature
Label
Modernism and eugenics : Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the culture of degeneration, Donald J. Childs
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-259) and index
Contents
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • 1.
  • Virginia Woolf's hereditary taint.
  • p. 22
  • 2.
  • Boers, whores, and Mongols in Mrs. Dalloway.
  • p. 38
  • 3.
  • Body and biology in A Room of One's Own.
  • p. 58
  • 4.
  • Eliot on biology and birthrates.
  • p. 75
  • 5.
  • To breed or not to breed: the Eliots' question.
  • p. 99
  • 6.
  • Fatal fertility in The Waste Land.
  • p. 121
  • 7.
  • late eugenics of W. B. Yeats.
  • p. 149
  • 8.
  • Yeats and stirpiculture.
  • p. 170
  • 9.
  • Yeats and The Sexual Question.
  • p. 203
  • Notes.
  • p. 231
  • Index.
  • p. 260
Control code
l82001018489
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vii, 266 p.
Isbn
9780521806015
Lccn
2001018489
Label
Modernism and eugenics : Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the culture of degeneration, Donald J. Childs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-259) and index
Contents
  • Introduction.
  • p. 1
  • 1.
  • Virginia Woolf's hereditary taint.
  • p. 22
  • 2.
  • Boers, whores, and Mongols in Mrs. Dalloway.
  • p. 38
  • 3.
  • Body and biology in A Room of One's Own.
  • p. 58
  • 4.
  • Eliot on biology and birthrates.
  • p. 75
  • 5.
  • To breed or not to breed: the Eliots' question.
  • p. 99
  • 6.
  • Fatal fertility in The Waste Land.
  • p. 121
  • 7.
  • late eugenics of W. B. Yeats.
  • p. 149
  • 8.
  • Yeats and stirpiculture.
  • p. 170
  • 9.
  • Yeats and The Sexual Question.
  • p. 203
  • Notes.
  • p. 231
  • Index.
  • p. 260
Control code
l82001018489
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vii, 266 p.
Isbn
9780521806015
Lccn
2001018489

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