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Epic after Evolution: Modernism's National Narratives
Vaclav Paris, City College of New York

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Beginning Again with Modernist Epic (Article)
Title: Beginning Again with Modernist Epic
Author: Vaclav Paris
Abstract: n his 1978 book, On Human Nature, Edward O. Wilson famously claimed that “the evolutionary epic is probably the best myth we will ever have.”[2] His idea, which has since given rise to a field of sociobiology called “Epic of Evolution,” is that human beings have a primal need for explanations of their existence and cosmic order, a need better served by evolutionary science than religion or literature. Although many critics have objected to Wilson’s position, pointing out its misreadings of Darwinism, its male bias, its ethnocentrism, and its naturalization of an implicitly heteronormative reproductive sexuality, his claim retains its power, almost forty years later, as a description of how deeply the evolutionary imaginary has assumed the role of a cultural foundation narrative in late (western) modernity.[3] The once literary terms “epic” and “myth” have been colonized—at least in secular consciousness—by the more scientific “evolution.”
Year: 2016
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Access Model: Open Access
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Modernism/ Modernity
Publisher: JHU

Spotlight on the Humanities and Arts (Web Resource)
Title: Spotlight on the Humanities and Arts
Author: Vaclav Paris
Abstract: An interview about my NEH award.
Year: 2016
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