By George Cotkin
In Reluctant Modernism: American inspiration and tradition, 1880–1900, George Cotkin surveys the highbrow lifetime of this significant transitional interval. His tale starts off with the Darwinian controversies, because the mainstream of yankee tradition used to be simply commencing to come to grips with the results of the Origins of Species, released in 1859. Cotkin demonstrates the consequences of this shift in considering on philosophy, anthropology, and the newly constructing box of psychology. Drawing on his vast wisdom of those fields, he explains truly and concisely the basic tenets of such significant thinkers and writers as William James, Franz Boas, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Henry Adams, and Kate Chopin. all through this attention-grabbing, readable heritage of the yank fin de siècle run the contrasting subject matters of continuity and alter, religion and rationalism, depression over the meaninglessness of existence and, eventually, a guarded optimism in regards to the future.
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