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Laura White, “Lewis Carroll and Darwin.”
Tue 30 May 2017, 17:30 – 19:00 BST
As has long been understood by scholars, Carroll’s Alice books revel in complex jokes about Darwinian theory. But what did Carroll really make of Darwin’s challenge to older thinking about nature, and what then are the satiric objects of his nonsensical jokes, such as the evolutionarily-challenged Mock Turtle? This presentation will examine the evidence concerning Carroll’s views of Darwin and explore the nature of his jokes on Darwinian ideas.
Laura White is John E. Weaver Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the author of several books on Jane Austen, her last being Jane Austen’s Anglicanism (Ashgate, 2011). She has also published widely on interdisciplinary topics in nineteenth-century British culture and literature, and has recently inaugurated a data-mining site on Austen’s diction, Austen Said (austen.unl.edu). Her most recent book, The Alice Books and the Contested Ground of the Natural World, is forthcoming from Routledge this spring.