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Fire in the Stone : Nicholas Ruddick : 9780819569004

fire in the stone ruddick nicholas

The E-mail message field is required. Chapter 4 concerns human nature, and what distinguishes humanity from the natural world at large. This chapter focuses on crucial developments which symbolically or actually alienate humankind from nature, including the use of weapons, fire, and the domestication of animals. The Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. It also briefly covers such topics as the recent boom in prehistoric romance, notable prehistoric fiction for children and young adults, and the most entertaining movies featuring prehistoric humans. Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Charles Darwin's theories, and argues that man The genre of prehistoric fiction contains a surprisingly large and diverse group of fictional works by American, British, and French writers from the late nineteenth century to the present that describe prehistoric humans. The genre of prehistoric fiction contains a surprisingly large and diverse group of fictional works by American, British, and French writers from the late nineteenth century to the present that describe prehistoric humans.

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Fire in the Stone

fire in the stone ruddick nicholas

The anthropologist Raymond Dart propagated the idea of man as a killer ape shortly after the discovery of Auschwitz and the bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Rosny Aine, Jack London, William Golding, Arthur C. None of the various novels about the era of Stonehenge, for instance by authors as diverse as Harry Harrison, Cecelia Holland, and Bernard Cornwell , are mentioned at all, and Stonehenge only appears in the book because there is a brief discussion of Edward Rutherfurd's Sarum, a Michener-like survey of that region of southern England, which begins many thousands of years before the Neolithic. It was not until the very beginning of the early twentieth century that cave paintings like those of Altamira discovered in 1879 were universally recognized as Paleolithic, and a reevaluation followed. Ruddick's approach is to judge this fiction as fiction to be more interested in literary quality and plausibility than accurate science , but also to situate this fiction in the debates of the period, which are not just scientific, but reflect much wider cultural issues. Rosny Aine, Jack London, William Golding, Arthur C.

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The British Society for Literature and Science · Nicholas Ruddick, The Fire in the Stone

fire in the stone ruddick nicholas

” ---David Seed, professor of American literature, University of Liverpool “ A masterly study of prehistoric fiction. The book includes illustrations that trace the changing popular images of cave men and women over the past 150 years. It also briefly covers such topics as the recent boom in prehistoric romance, notable prehistoric fiction for children and young adults, and the most entertaining movies featuring prehistoric humans. In fact, Ruddick makes a compelling case for the generic unity of a large body of narrative fiction, most of it largely ignored by mainstream critics, written in French and English over the last hundred and fifty years. The book includes discussions of well-known prehistoric fiction by H.

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The fire in the stone : prehistoric fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel

fire in the stone ruddick nicholas

The first section is an effective work of reference which convincingly identifies a new genre, provides firm ground for future studies in the field and spares later scholars the ordeal of having to read many of the books Ruddick has dutifully covered. Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format. The book includes illustrations that trace the changing popular images of cave men and women over the past 150 years. Chapter 6 is primarily a study of how pf has embodied changing conceptions of race, with different writers at different times using the genre to affirm or to challenge the supremacy of humans over animals or white over black. He talked about Man having risen, but his title spoke of descent. Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Charles Darwin's theories, and argues that many early prehistoric fiction works are still worth reading even though the science upon which they are based is now outdated. Exploring the history and evolution of the genre, Ruddick shows how prehistoric fiction can offer fascinating insights into the possible origins of human nature, sexuality, racial distinctions, language, religion, and art.

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Fire in the Stone : Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel. (eBook, 2010) [axtia-technologies.com]

fire in the stone ruddick nicholas

Ruddick takes the year 1859 as marking the start of prehistoric speculation--not because of The Origin of Species, but because, a few months earlier than the publication of Darwin's book, Joseph Prestwich and John Evans separately reported to the scientific community in Britain on their visit to prehistoric sites in France, which convinced them that humans had been in Europe long before the accepted date of Biblical creation. If there is a choice of file format, which format is better to download? Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Charles Darwin's theories, and argues that many early prehistoric fiction works are still worth reading even though the science upon which they are based is now outdated. Exploring the history and evolution of the genre, Ruddick shows how prehistoric fiction can offer fascinating insights into the possible origins of human nature, sexuality, racial distinctions, language, religion, and art. Firstly, Ruddick knows the French material as well as he does the English, which is important in an area in which the French were pioneers. The Paleolithic archaeologist or paleoanthropologist is, like the fiction-writer, working out what stories can be told about the past. The book includes discussions of well-known prehistoric fiction by H.

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Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel by Nicholas Ruddick

fire in the stone ruddick nicholas

The book includes discussions of well-known prehistoric fiction by H. Secondly, Ruddick offers a survey of the entire genre of pf, rather than merely a study of some of its most prominent examples. Ruddick clearly did his homework when researching it. Jean Auel herself would seem to be largely responsible for its current popularity. The second section is a perceptive and engaging account of why pf is worth reading, both from a cultural-historical perspective and as a form of speculative narrative that not only reflects but complements and even informs palaeoanthropology itself.

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The fire in the stone : prehistoric fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel

fire in the stone ruddick nicholas

One might object that the Greeks had a notion of human prehistory and speculated about it too in poetry by Hesiod, for instance , but Ruddick is right that speculation about the distant human past stems from this revolution in human thought in the mid-nineteenth century. Auel were both responses to the rise of feminism in the 1960s, and to the largely male, if not misogynistic, assumptions of both prehistorians and pf writers. Exploring the history and evolution of the genre, Ruddick shows how prehistoric fiction can offer fascinating insights into the possible origins of human nature, sexuality, racial distinctions, language, religion, and art. And finally, Ruddick offers a much more nuanced and historicized picture than De Paolo did. The Fire in the Stone is neither prescriptive nor pompous, and makes its conclusions only after careful weighing of the evidence. But, as Ruddick shows, pf fiction, like scholarly speculation, also mirrors the contemporary world.

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Fire in the Stone : Nicholas Ruddick : 9780819569004

fire in the stone ruddick nicholas

The Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Fortunately the weaknesses apparent in the first section of The Fire in the Stone are redeemed in the second. Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Charles Darwin's theories, and argues that many early prehistoric fiction works are still worth reading even though the science upon which they are based is now outdated. It also briefly covers such topics as the recent boom in prehistoric romance, notable prehistoric fiction for children and young adults, and the most entertaining movies featuring prehistoric humans. Instead, it is a sister genre which asks the same overarching questions about what it means to be human but answers them, not by reaching imaginatively into the future or to other worlds, but rather by reaching into the past here at home.

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