Comparative Literature | Literature and Ideas: Darwin and the Americas
C347 | 34264 | Prof. Vivian Halloran


3 CR - Second 8 weeks -A & H and CS Credit- TR 5:45 - 8:15 - SY 108

This class will trace the influence of Charles Darwin's published
works, from his account of the voyage of the Beagle to the Theory of
Natural Selection, on fiction, poetry and drama written in the
Americas.  Ever since he set foot on the Galapagos Islands, the
landscape of the Americas deeply affected how Charles Darwin came to
understand the interrelationships between organisms and their
environments.  With this in mind, we will read works in which
novelists, playwrights, story writers and even scientists from the
United States, Latin America and the Caribbean (and those merely
writing about South America) describe the interrelationships between
humans, the environment, and the creature's real and imaginary which
inhabit the American landscape.  Among the texts we will be reading
in this class will be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World and
Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, short fiction by Julio Cortazar,
Alejo Carpentier, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, non-fiction by ethno-
botanist Gary Nabhan, and the play Inherit the Wind, recently
performed by the Cardinal Stage Company as part of the College of
Arts and Sciences' Themester.