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Cathryn Setz

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Literature, Medicine, and Science

Dr Setz is a former 2013-2015 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and TORCH Early Career Researcher researching a major project on the intersection of twentieth century literature and evolutionary biology, specifically the biological discourses contemporary to the period traditionally thought of as producing literary modernism. To an historian of science, this period is known as the Eclipse of Darwinism (1875–1925): an era of vestigial, idealist, and non-modern evolutionism that was yet prevalent in the science books and generalist magazines of the period, and hence an important context with which to consider literary history. Her work assesses the nature and significance of this public sphere by looking at titles such as The Dial, the Partisan ReviewAtlantic MonthlyNature, and such authors as Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, Wyndham Lewis, James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Mary Butts, and Ezra Pound.

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