Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle

  • Authors
  • Julia Reid

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Stevenson, Evolution, and the ‘Primitive’

  3. ‘[0]ur civilised nerves still tingle with … rude terrors and pleasures’: Romance and Evolutionary Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-14
    2. Julia Reid
      Pages 15-30
  4. ‘Downward, downward lies your way’: Degeneration and Psychology

  5. Stevenson as Anthropologist: Culture, Folklore, and Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-110
    2. Julia Reid
      Pages 174-177
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 178-241

About this book


In this fascinating book, Reid examines Robert Louis Stevenson's writings in the context of late-Victorian evolutionist thought, arguing that an interest in 'primitive' life is at the heart of his work. She investigates a wide range of Stevenson's writing, including Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Treasure Island as well as previously unpublished material from the Stevenson archive at Yale. Reid's interpretation offers a new way of understanding the relationship between his Scottish and South Seas work. Her analysis of Stevenson's engagement with anthropological and psychological debate also illuminates the dynamic intersections between literature and science at the fin de siècle.


culture English literature fiction Robert Louis Stevenson Victorian era

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