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Mello Cello Melody

Exciting forthcoming events for Spring 2016

Lecture Series: New Approaches to the Rise of the Novel

January 29: Ian Duncan (Berkeley), "Dickens, Transformationist"

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.

February 18: Catherine Robson (NYU), "What Esther Knows about Sex: Bleak House and the Indifferent Parent(s)"

IMU Sassafrass Room, 3:30 to 5 pm.

March 10: Carolyn Williams (Rutgers), "Melodrama and the Realist Novel"

College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI), 3.30 to 5 pm.

April 14: Nicholas Dames (Columbia)

IMU Oak Room, 3.30 to 5 pm.