Drawing conclusions from illustrations of The Water-Babies: artistic selection meets natural selection
AbstractThis thesis examines the effect of different sets of illustrations on the meaning of Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby (1863). In this thesis, I provide background on Kingsley’s ideas about the relationship between science and religion to contextualize his use of Darwinian thought in his “fairy tale for a land-baby.” Then I show how The Water-Babies reconciles Christian belief with Darwinian thought. I offer a reading of The Water Babies; a Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby as a text that brings together Darwinian thought and Christianity, not so much by reconciling them on equal footing as by subordinating Darwin’s ideas of natural processes to a Christian notion of moral development. And finally, I review the different ways that the plasticity of the text has been affected by illustrations ranging from the original Linley Sambourne illustrated edition in 1863, which illustrations hold true to the text, as well as editions by Ethell Everett and William Heath Robinson, who both emphasized the religious discourse of the story, as well as various others that emphasize the religious discourse.
TypeUniversity of Pittsburgh ETD
Aristone, Miranda (2018) Drawing conclusions from illustrations of The Water-Babies: artistic selection meets natural selection. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)