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Review of Clinton Machann's Masculinity in Four Victorian Epics: A Darwinist Reading

Book under Review:

Masculinity in Four Victorian Epics: A Darwinist Reading by Clinton Machann. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010. 166 pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-6687-5. $89.95.

Abstract

Clinton Machann employs the methods of literary Darwinism to analyze Victorian epic poems by Tennyson, Barrett Browning, Clough, and Browning.  This review of his book focuses on the ways Machann bridges a gap between culturally or historically based criticism and a criticism that interprets literature through biological human universals.

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