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Modernist Life Histories: Biological Theory and The Experimental Bildungsroman

Daniel Aureliano Newman


Modernist Life Histories explores how new biological models of embryonic development in the first half of the twentieth century helped inspire new kinds of coming-of-age plots. Focusing on novels by E. M. Forster, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley and Samuel Beckett, the book links narrative experiments with shuffled chronology, repeated beginnings and sex change to new discoveries in the biological sciences. It reveals new connections between the so-called Two Cultures by highlighting how scientific ideas and narratives enter the literary realm.

Keywords: Bildungsroman, Literary modernism, Genre, Literature and Science, Human development, Evolutionary theory, Recapitulation theory, Embryology, Genetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474439619
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Aureliano Newman, author
McGill University