The Entangled Eye: Visual Perception and the Representation of Nature in Post-Darwinian Narrative (Book Title)


Program Description:

Evolutionary nature’s abundance and variety required Darwin and the turn-of-the-century British nature writers who followed him to portray the world as though seen through a physiologically limited, human eye. Investigating the shift from Victorian to modernist sensibilities in the context of evolutionary biology and perceptual theory, Krasner shows that, while profoundly attentive to landscape and biology, nature writers chose a mode of representing nature based on visual perception that led them toward a more abstract and psychological portrayal of natural landscapes. (Oxford University Press, 1992)