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Modernism and Eugenics: Woolf, Eliot, Yeats, and the Culture by Donald J. Childs

By Donald J. Childs

In Modernism and Eugenics, first released in 2001, Donald Childs indicates how Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot and W. B. Yeats believed in eugenics, the technology of race development and tailored this medical discourse to the language and reasons of the trendy mind's eye. Childs lines the effect of the eugenics stream on such modernist works as Mrs Dalloway, A Room of One's personal, The Waste Land and Yeats's past due poetry and early performs. The language of eugenics strikes, he claims, among public discourse and private views. It informs Woolf's theorization of woman's mind's eye; in Eliot's poetry, it photos as a nightmare the myriad modern eugenical threats to humankind's organic and cultural destiny. And for Yeats, it turns into indispensable to his engagement with the occult and his dedication to Irish Nationalism. this is often a fascinating research of a debatable subject which unearths the centrality of eugenics within the existence and paintings of numerous significant modernist writers.

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