Evolutionary psychology as a heuristic in literary studies

  • There has been a great deal of uproar about Darwinian approaches in literary scholarship. Statements range from enthusiastic prophecies of a new paradigm for literary studies to acrimonious scoldings of reductionism. Believing that the major challenge is first to find good questions to which evolutionary psychology might provide us with good answers, I outline and critically assess different veins of argumentation as revealed in recent contributions to the field. As an alternative to some simplistic mimeticism in present Literary Darwinism, I put forward the idea of evolutionary psychology as a heuristic theory that serves to resolve defined problems in interpretation and literary theory.

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Author:Katja Mellmann
Parent Title (English):The evolution of literature : legacies of Darwin in european cultures
Publisher:Editions Rodopi
Place of publication:Amsterdam [u.a.]
Editor:Nicholas Saul
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2015/09/09
Year of first Publication:2011
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2015/09/09
GND Keyword:Literaturwissenschaft; Evolutionspsychologie; Heuristik
Page Number:19
First Page:299
Last Page:317
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
BDSL-Klassifikation:03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft / BDSL-Klassifikation: 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.06.00 Literaturtheorie
03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft / BDSL-Klassifikation: 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.04.00 Methodik
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht