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Literary Darwinism: Its Historical Position

Thursday, December 2, 2010 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Joseph Carroll, Ph.D., Curators’ Professor of English, University of Missouri—St. Louis

The evolutionary human sciences are entering a mature phase, but have until recently operated on an incomplete understanding of imaginative culture— religion, ideology, myth, the arts, and intellectual life. That incomplete picture is now being advanced by evolutionary thinking in the humanities. A more comprehensive model of human nature is now within our reach, and it is already possible to describe a basic analytic structure for “bio-cultural critique.” Dr. Carroll argues that literature and other forms of imaginative culture derive their power from biologically grounded motives and emotions. In this fascinating look at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and the arts, Dr. Carroll describes Literary Darwinism and locates it in the context of evolutionary thinking over the past two centuries.

To learn more about Dr. Carroll and literary Darwinism visit

Photos: © Elizabeth Keithline

Presented in conjunction with the Craft Alliance exhibition, Smarter/Faster/Higher: Works by Elizabeth Keithline, on display through Sunday, January 7, 2011. For more on Smarter/Faster/Higher, visit http://www.craftalliance.org/exhibitions.htm

Time: 7 PM – 8:30 PM (talk and gallery exhibition)

Craft Alliance in the Kranzberg Arts Center
501 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103

Directions and Parking at http://www.craftalliance.org/contact.htm

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Seating is limited. Registration required. To RSVP call 314-533-8586, or email rsvp@academyofsciencestl.org.


Thursday, December 2, 2010
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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