Thesis Title: Science and Decadence: Evolutionary Biology in the Works of Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Elizabeth Robins
Supervisor: Kirsten Shepherd-Barr
Doctoral Research: My thesis considers the work of Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Elizabeth Robins. I am specifically interested in how tropes of fin-de-siècle literature--like decadence, women's rights, and sexuality--are related to earlier advancements in evolutionary biology. By recovering networks of literary, dramatic, and scientific individuals and institutions, I demonstrate the ways in which advanced and sustained thinking on the consequences of a new scientific worldview was a major factor in the development of modernity.
Research Interests: Literature and science, English and American literature, the fin-de-siècle, women's writing, queer theory, science fiction, modernism, literary and postcolonial theory