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Historicist Interdisciplinarity in Literature and Science

8th March 2017, 17:30 to 19:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr Michael Whitworth (Oxford)

An Inventions of the Text seminar.

Unlike evo-criticism and other critical approaches that draw their authority from science, the historicist study of the inter-relations of literature and science is not methodologically interdisciplinary with respect to the sciences. However, it draws on other disciplines, notably the history and philosophy of science; in recent years, a turn towards the history of the book has also been apparent. Moreover, in many cases the authors it studies can be said to have been interdisciplinary. In this paper, drawing on my own work in relation to modernism and early twentieth-century science, I will consider interdisciplinarity avant la lettre, and the relation of critical practice to other historical disciplines.

Contact s.e.lohmann@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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