LIT267 : Darwin, Evolution and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Convener(s): Dr John Miller


General Information

Darwin’s work comprised one of the most radical upheavals of nineteenth-century thought with an impact that extended far beyond natural history, permeating into politics, religion, literature and popular culture. This course examines the multifaceted influence of evolutionary theory on nineteenth-century fiction while also considering the ways in which natural history writing was itself a significant literary genre. Consequently, we will pay close attention to issues of both biological and textual form, and to one of the Victorian period’s fundamental questions: what does it mean to be human?


Teaching will be by lectures and seminars


Assessment will be by a close reading exercise and a research essay.

Contact Details

Dr John Miller

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:22 PM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK