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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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The Battle for Beauty: Wallace versus Darwin

The Battle for Beauty: Wallace versus Darwin

(p.370) Twelve The Battle for Beauty: Wallace versus Darwin
Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection

Evelleen Richards

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 12 picks up the history of sexual selection in the late 1860s as Darwin set about researching and writing the Descent of Man. It analyses Darwin’s prolonged dispute with Wallace over the issues of female choice, protective colouration and human evolution in the contexts of the Huxley-led drive for Darwinian cognitive and cultural authority, institutional conflict between the Darwinian Ethnological Society and the racialist Anthropological Society of London, the American Civil War, the Eyre affair, the social and professional implications of the “irrepressible” woman question and John Stuart Mill’s championing of women’s rights.

Keywords:   Descent of Man, Wallace dispute, female choice, protective colouration, human evolution, Anthropological Society of London, American Civil War, Eyre affair, John Stuart Mill, Woman Question

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