CFP: Eramus Darwin and the Life Sciences (3/1/07; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
James Allard
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Proposed essay collection, "Erasmus Darwin and the Life Sciences"

As engagements with "Romantic Science" become increasingly varied and
complex, references to the life and works of Erasmus Darwin appear
with increasing frequency in a multitude of contexts. Similarly,
treatments of Darwin's connections to contemporary literary figures,
as well as reexaminations of his own status as a popular poet,
suggest that sustained attention to Darwin can further enrich our
understandings of the relation between poetry and science. This
proposed collection of essays seeks to examine Darwin at that nexus,
paying particular attention to the manifold ways in which he and his
works embody its complexities, problems, and possibilities.

Papers exploring any aspect of these issues in Darwin's works will be
considered; papers that go beyond reading a single text from the
Darwin opus are especially welcome. Possible topics may include, but
are not limited to:

Darwin and Evolutionary Thought
Poetics of Zoology and/or Botany
Darwin and the Lives of the Mind
Darwin Among the Romantics
Dr. Darwin as Popular Poet
Darwin and the Forms of Knowledge
Reading Darwin, Darwin Reading
Darwinian Inheritances and Legacies

Proposals should be approximately 500 words in length (no complete
papers at this point, please), and submissions should include the
author's name, affiliation, surface mail address, email address, and
a brief CV. The deadline for proposals is March 1, 2007; deadline
for completed papers (5500-7500 words with notes) will be July 1,
2007. Electronic submissions to James Allard at <>
are encouraged, but hard copies may be sent to:

James Allard
Department of English Language and Literature
Brock University
500 Glenridge Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario

All submissions will be acknowledged by email upon receipt.

Dr. James Robert Allard
Dept. of English Language & Literature
Brock University
500 Glenridge Ave.
St. Catharines, ON
(905) 688-5550 ext. 3531

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