Critical Insights: Survival, 1st Edition

  • Robert C. Evans
  • Published By: Palgrave MacMillan
  • ISBN-10: 168217963X
  • ISBN-13: 9781682179635
  • DDC: 809.933561
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 300 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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The desire to survive is almost certainly hard-wired into the DNA of most living creatures, and certainly this concern is also a prominent theme of many works of literature. The present volume examines this theme by looking at a wide range of works – works diverse in historical, national, cultural, and social origins and representing a deliberately mixed group of authors, genres, styles, and methods. The term survival itself is broadly defined in both literal and figurative terms to include such varied kinds of survival as physical, psychological, social, and spiritual endurance. Kinds of works represented will include narrative nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, novels, plays, and films. The book, in short, will explore a theme important to key literary works by Homer, Melville, Twain, Elie Wiesel, and Jon Krakauer, among many others.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About This Volume.
On Survival: The Survival Theme in Science Fiction.
Critical Contexts.
1: Survival Psychology in Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon.
2: The Survival Theme in Literature: An Overview.
3: An Evolution of Survival in American Short Fiction: Stories by Jack London, Ray Bradbury, Octavia E. Butler, and George Saunders.
4: Survival (and Degeneration?) of the Fittest in Kipling's “The Mark of the Beast” and Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Critical Readings.
5: The Apostle Paul as Odyssean Survivor.
6: The Frontier of Tragedy: Survival in Measure for Measure.
7: Survival as a Theme in the Sequel to Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
8: By the Skin of their Teeth: Surviving the Vampire in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
9: Issues of Survival in Jack London's “In a Far Country”.
10: Virtue and Survival in The Grapes of Wrath.
11: Survival as a Theme in Philip Larkin's Poetry: From the Mid-50s to the Mid-60s.
12: The Last Supper: Culinary Safety and Salvation in Recent Science Fiction.
13: Surviving Dystopia: Octavia Butler and Margaret Atwood.
14: Responses to Christopher McCandless in Into the Wild.
Further Reading.
About the Editor.