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Author Childs, Donald J.

Title Modernism and eugenics : Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the culture of degeneration / Donald J. Childs
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 266 pages)
Contents Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Introduction; CHAPTER 1 Virginia Woolf's hereditary taint; CHAPTER 2 Boers, whores, and Mongols in Mrs. Dalloway; CHAPTER 3 Body and biology in A Room of One's Own; CHAPTER 4 Eliot on biology and birthrates; CHAPTER 5 To breed or not to breed: the Eliots' question; CHAPTER 6 Fatal fertility in The Waste Land; CHAPTER 7 The late eugenics of W.B. Yeats; CHAPTER 8 Yeats and stirpiculture; CHAPTER 9 Yeats and The Sexual Question; Notes; INTRODUCTION; 1 VIRGINIA WOOLF'S HEREDITARY TAINT; 2 BOERS, WHORES, AND MONGOLS IN MRS. DALLOWAY
Summary Donald Childs shows how Woolf, Eliot, and Yeats believed in eugenics, the science of race improvement, and adapted this scientific discourse to the language of the modern imagination. He traces the impact of eugenics on such modernist works as Mrs Dalloway, The Waste Land, and Yeats's late poetry and plays
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.
Degeneration in literature.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Eugenics in literature.
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain.
Race in literature.
Eugenics -- history.
Medicine in Literature.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
Prejudice.
Social Change -- history.
Race.
England.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001018489
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