Ian Duncan argues that Dickens assumes a transformist or evolutionist view of natural history history in Bleak House. Rather than Darwinian in its conception, though, it is primarily Lamarkian and Geoffroyan, coming out of Robert Chambers's popular synthesis inVestiges of the Natural History of Creation (which Dickens admired). Professor Duncan's lecture takes place from 3:30 to 5 pm in the IMU Maple Room and will be followed by a casual reception at Finch's Brasserie from 5:30-7.
IMU Sassafrass Room, 3:30 to 5 pm.
College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI), 3.30 to 5 pm.
IMU Oak Room, 3.30 to 5 pm.