The Evolution of the Evolutionary Epic

in Victorian Popularizers of Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226481180
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226481173 | DOI:
The Evolution of the Evolutionary Epic

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This chapter focuses on the use of evolutionary epic in popularizing science in Victorian England. It analyzes the works of David Page, Arabella Buckley, Edward Clodd, and Grant Allen, who adapted the evolutionary epic as a vehicle for communicating contemporary scientific ideas to a general reading audience. These popularizers contributed to the formulation of a literary format that is still used today. Their works were based on a template provided by Robert Chambers in his Vestiges, combined with the theories of Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer.

Keywords: evolutionary epic; Victorian England; David Page; Arabella Buckley; Edward Clodd; Grant Allen; scientific ideas; Robert Chambers; Vestiges; Charles Darwin

Chapter.  30940 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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