"We are causing the reversal of evolution."
- James Hart, Eugenic Manifesto
"Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes open
The chance won't come again."
- Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are A-Changin"
On 22–23 September 2006, the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh hosted an international, interdisciplinary conference on the themes of "evolutions," opening discussion to topics as diverse as Mao, the Bible, eugenics, rock music, animal rights, genre, and many others. For these two days, scholars (both students and staff) from across four continents working in the fields of theory, literature, linguistics, music, film, culture, and history came together to talk and share ideas. Below are a natural selection of the papers, expanded and evolved into new and exciting fauna.
Table of Contents
|"The pleasure of fiends": Degenerate Laughter in Stoker's Dracula
|"Endless Forms" of Evolution? Heuristics in Darwin and Taine.
|Subgenres as a sign of socio-cultural change: the case of men's magazines' problem pages in the UK
|Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo
|Entangling Rites: the Pattern of Experience in Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses
|Screaming through the century: The female voice as cathartic/transformative force, from Berg's Lulu to Tykwer's Run Lola Run
|"Dreaming While Awake": The Evolution of the Concept of Hallucination in the Nineteenth Century
|Created Lives: The Evolution of Literary Biography
|Jonathan Lethem's Genre Evolutions
|Poetry as Compass: Chaos, Complexity, and the Creative Voice
|Claudia S. Schlee
|Homer takes the Streetcar – The Modernist Appropriation of the Epic and Alfred Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz
|"A million years...just for us": Subversive fixity in Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock
|Pull My Daisy. A Bebop Revolution