Evolution and literary theory

  title={Evolution and literary theory},
  author={Joseph Carroll},
  journal={Human Nature},
  • J. Carroll
  • Published 1 February 1994
  • Art
  • Human Nature
Presupposing that all knowledge is the study of a unitary order of nature, the author maintains that the study of literature should be included within the larger field of evolutionary theory. He outlines four elementary concepts in evolutionary theory, and he argues that these concepts should regulate our understanding of literature. On the basis of these concepts, he repudiates the antirealist and irrationalist views that, under the aegis of “poststructuralism,” have dominated academic… 

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