9780415635998

Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction in Evolutionary Narratives

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415635998

  • ISBN10:

    0415635993

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/5/2013
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Since the early 1990s, evolutionary psychology has produced widely popular visions of modern men and women as driven by their prehistoric genes. In Gender, Sexuality and Reproduction in Evolutionary Narratives, Venla Oikkonen explores the rhetorical appeal of evolutionary psychology by viewing it as part of the Darwinian narrative tradition. Refusing to dismiss evolutionary psychology as reactionary or scientifically invalid, the book examines evolutionary psychologists' investments in such contested concepts as teleology and variation. The book traces the emergence of evolutionary psychological narratives of gender, sexuality and reproduction through Charles Darwin's understanding of transformation and sexual difference, Edward O. Wilson's evolutionary mythology and the evolution-creationism controversy, Richard Dawkins' molecular agency and new imaging technologies, and the connections between adultery, infertility and homosexuality in adaptationist thought. Through popular, literary and scientific texts, the book identifies both imaginative potential and structural weaknesses in evolutionary narratives, opening them up for feminist and queer revision.

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