Darwin’s Footprint: Cultural Perspectives on Evolution in Greece (1880-1930s)

February 24, 2015

Darwin’s Footprint, the 6th volume in the CEU Press Studies in the History of Medicine series, is dealing with the impact of Darwinism in Greece, investigating how it has shaped Greece in terms of its cultural and intellectual history, and in particular its literature.

Written by Maria Zarimis, adjunct lecturer in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales, Australia, the book demonstrates that in the late 19th to early 20th centuries Darwinism and associated science strongly influenced celebrated Greek literary writers and other influential intellectuals in various areas such as ‘man’s place in nature’, the nature-nurture controversy, religion, as well as class, race and gender.
In addition, the study reveals that many of these individuals were not just dealing with important issues from social, political or philosophical perspectives, as has been the general thought till now, but they were also considering alternative approaches to these issues based on Darwinian and associated biological post-Darwinian ideas. These issues included the Greek race or nation, its culture, language and identity; also politics and gender equality.
Zarimis’s monograph devotes considerable space to Xenopoulos (1867-1951), notable novelist, journalist and playwright.
For more information, see http://www.ceupress.com/books/html/Darwins_Footprint.htm