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Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection$
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Evelleen Richards

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226436906

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226437064.001.0001

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“Better Than a Dog Anyhow”

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Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection

Evelleen Richards

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 7 deepens this analysis with a discussion of Darwin’s close reading in early 1839 of a key text, Alexander Walker’s Intermarriage. Walker placed explicitly before Darwin the reiterated comparison of wife choice with the selective procedures of animal improvers and made the masculine judgment of woman’s beauty – a visually based, aesthetically informed process of “choice” – the agency of human progress or racial improvement.

Keywords:   Alexander Walker, key text, Intermarriage, wife choice, animal improvers, woman, beauty, human progress, racial improvement

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