1 Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Communication and Culture - English, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Communication and Culture - English, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University
A Darwinian Perspective on Dan Simmons' <em>Song of Kali</em>
The emerging evolutionary approach to literature explores the way that culture and biology interact. As a branch of evolutionary literary criticism, Darwinian horror study sees horror fiction as crucially dependent on evolved properties of the human constitution. This article argues that a Darwinian perspective on Dan Simmons’ 1985 novel Song of Kali best explains the atheist author’s preoccupation with themes of the supernatural, and accounts for the novel’s emotional impact as a result of humanity’s evolutionary history.