Charles Darwin’s final book on earthworms, 1881
Henchman, Anna A.
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Citation (published version)AA Henchman. 2017. "Charles Darwin’s Final Book on Earthworms, 1881." BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History,
This article focuses on the publication of Darwin’s final book (1881) in the context of Darwin’s larger attempts to resist the habitual anthropocentrism of human beings. It begins with Darwin’s discussion of animal cognition and the senses of worms. It concludes with his emphasis on the significant effects worm digestion has on the landscape and the fertility of the earth. The article links Darwin’s Worms Edwin Abbott’s 1884 novella Flatland, arguing that both texts are engaged in dismantling human perceptions that stem from possessing a highly visual brain, and that both throw doubt on the belief that a single objective world exists independent of particular observers.
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