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Author Barash, David P.

Title Madame Bovary's ovaries [Axis 360 electronic resource] : a Darwinian look at literature / David P. Barash and Nanelle R. Barash.

Edition Delta trade paperback ed.
Imprint New York : Bantam Dell, c2005.
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Description 1 online resource.
Note Includes index.
Contents The human nature of stories: a quick hit of bio-lit-crit -- Othello and other angry fellows: male sexual jealousy -- The key to Jane Austen's heart: what women want, and why -- How to make Rhett give a damn: what men want and why -- Madame Bovary's ovaries: the biology of adultery -- Wisdom from The Godfather: kin selection, or The enduring importance of being family -- The Cinderella syndrome: regarding the struggles of stepchildren -- On the complaints of Portnoy, Caulfield, and others: parent-offspring conflict -- Of Musketeers and Mice and Men and Wrath and reciprocity and friendship: in Steinbeck country and elsewhere -- Epilogue: foxes, hedgehogs, science and literature.
Summary "According to evolutionary psychologist David Barash and his daughter Nanelle, the answers lie in the most important word in biology: evolution. Just like every animal from mites to monkeys, our day-to-day behavior has been shaped by millions of years of natural selection. The ways we fall in-and out-of love, compete against our enemies, and squabble with our families have their roots in biological imperatives we share not only with other primates but with an amazing array of other creatures." "So it should be no surprise to learn that the natural forces that drive animals in general and Homo sapiens in particular are clearly visible in the creatures of literature. Seen through the lens of evolutionary biology, the griping of Holden Caulfield, Othello's tragic rage, and the scandalous indiscretions of Madame Bovary herself all make a fresh and exciting kind of sense. As entertaining and informative as a good story, Madame Bovary's Ovaries is both an accessible introduction to an exciting area of science and a provocatively sideways look at our cherished literary heritage that will give you "a whole new way to read the classics." Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Social Darwinism in literature.
Human ecology in literature.
Psychology and literature.
Literature and society.
Literature -- History and criticism.
Darwinisme social dans la littérature.
Écologie sociale dans la littérature.
Psychologie et littérature.
Littérature et société.
Littérature -- Histoire et critique.
Human ecology in literature (OCoLC)fst00962998
Literature (OCoLC)fst00999953
Literature and society (OCoLC)fst01000096
Psychology and literature (OCoLC)fst01081551
Social Darwinism in literature (OCoLC)fst01122240
Genre Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc (OCoLC)fst01411635
Added Author Barash, Nanelle R.
Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Other Form: Print version: Barash, David P. Madame Bovary's ovaries. Delta trade paperback ed. New York : Bantam Dell, c2006 0385338023 (OCoLC)70054787
ISBN 9780307423160 (electronic bk.)
0307423166 (electronic bk.)
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