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Evolution in Art?

Last night around midnight, a friend and I went for a walk through Vanderbilt’s campus with the intention of examining some of Vandy’s infamous statues. I typically rush past these art works on my way to coffee classes and meetings, so with our lei… Continue reading

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Evolutionary Hunger Games: Reading Darwin in the Twenty-First Century

As a Victorianist with a primary interest in the natural sciences and a secondary interest in contemporary speculative fiction, my research and thinking is constantly plagued by the question: how can we use Darwin today? Darwin’s influence on the Vic… Continue reading

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Cyborgs, Stagnation, and Queer Darwinism in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Sign of Four”

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation.” -Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four As Deann’s most recent blog post requested, last week’s class discussion engaged the question of sexual and homosocial dynamics in She and the Victorian liter… Continue reading

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Webs, Ethics, and the Darwinian Chains that Bind

Upon meeting Clara Talboys, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Robert Audley muses on the “essentially accidental” nature of happiness. Likening such chance to the irregular migration patterns of a bird, he chooses marriage as the central subject of this u… Continue reading

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