The atavism of Long Island is peculiar.
Author of ‘Some Freaks of Atavism’ (Lancet 1882).
Imitation of the West seemed wiser than atavism, not least among Japanese, who in the 1930s dressed pan-Asianism in wolf's clothing.
His Alaskan novels The Call of the Wild (1903), White Fang (1906), and Burning Daylight (1910), in which he dramatized in turn atavism, adaptability, and the appeal of the wilderness, are outstanding.
Kid jurisprudence works the same way: it’s an atavism.
This, too, was a kind of atavism—his maternal grandfather, a missionary, had spent many years in India, and his mother had partly grown up there.
Today they are more likely to identify nationalism with xenophobia and atavism—leaving this elemental force to be captured by right-wing populists.
As she grew into her role of modernist genius, the “Jewish question” seems to have faded from her consciousness; the vehemence of her reaction to Nena’s wish to adopt Manfred Iudas was a piece of momentary atavism.
Many of these early theories depicted collective behaviour as an atavism, in which the evolutionary accomplishments of civilization were stripped away and human behaviour returned to an earlier stage of development.
Any account of the new American atavism has to take into account that the same system that produced Trump had immediately before given us the eight forward-looking years of Obama, who remains a far more popular figure than his successor.
Wilder ideas are rising among the unaffiliated, as the theologian Tara Isabella Burton has described in “Strange Rites”, a tour through the “wellness” cult, the “brutal atavism” of Jordan Peterson and the weird world of Harry Potter fandom.
- a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
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