Modernism and Eugenics by Donald J. Childs
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Modernism and Eugenics
By Donald J. Childs

Modernism and Eugenics

Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the Culture of Degeneration

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Modernism and Eugenics by Donald J. Childs

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In Modernism and Eugenics, first published in 2001, Donald 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 interesting study of a controversial theme which reveals the centrality of eugenics in the life and work of several major modernist writers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521033305
ISBN-10: 0521033306
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 276
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Donald J. Childs

Donald Childs is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Ottawa.

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