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By David Bradshaw

This concise spouse deals an leading edge method of figuring out the Modernist literary brain in Britain, concentrating on the highbrow and cultural contexts, which formed it. deals an cutting edge method of knowing the Modernist literary brain in Britain. is helping readers to understand the highbrow and cultural contexts of literary Modernism. Organised round modern rules reminiscent of Freudianism and eugenics instead of literary genres. Relates literary Modernism to the overarching problems with the interval, reminiscent of feminism, imperialism and battle.

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Nonetheless, the novel does not allay fears: contagion seeps through it; disease passes, invisibly, relentlessly, between bodies (see Pick 1989: 167– 75). And, like the women that the state had sought to regulate in the second half on the nineteenth century, under the Contagious Diseases Acts, women in Dracula spread contagion: “nothing can be more dreadful than those awful women, who were, who are, waiting to suck my blood” (Dracula, ch. 4). Jonathan Harker recalls: I was afraid to raise my eyelids, but looked out and saw perfectly under the lashes.

In 1836, Darwin returned from his five-year trip around the world in HMS Beagle, laden with material refutation of static, linear systems of classification. Natural sciences, as Foucault observes in The Order of Things, were replaced by social sciences as static analytical taxonomies were replaced with functional organic systems. Darwin’s branching evolution undid fixity for good; with The Origin of Species, hierarchies became blurred and essentially problematic. In the middle years of the nineteenth century, as the Creation Story was called into question, concern and excitement focused on alternative possibilities for the origin of humanity.

Scratch the surfaces of sociology and biology and it soon becomes clear that both disciplines have had, from their inception, as much to do with prescription as with description. In 1853 Auguste Comte, who coined the term “sociology,” wrote “the subordination of social science to biology is so evident that nobody denies it in statement, however it may be neglected in practice” (1853: II, 112). Comte held that the biological sciences were the immediate historical precursors of sociology and the logical base upon which the theories of the social sciences could be built.

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