June 9, 2005

How the fittest literature survives

"We should be grateful, I guess, that the authors of "Madame Bovary's Ovaries" decided against "Orestes' Testes," though it would have sufficed. In this unusual, stimulating work, the Barashes view standard literary works through the lens of evolutionary biology. The father-and-daughter pair argue that our most enduring stories are those that feature characters who behave in a Darwinian manner."
The Plain Dealer Posted by Martin Sewell at June 9, 2005 5:38 PM | TrackBack