Literary creation and biological knowledge in the 19th Century
Published at 13 December 2016
‘Biolographies – literary creation and biological knowledge in the 19th Century’ is a joint project between the National Research Agency (ANR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), led by Gisèle Séginger in collaboration with the University of Freiburg. It is intended to be a benchmark study on the impact of biological knowledge in French 19th Century literary output, developed from the point of view of an interdisciplinary literary critique.
Biolographies aims to fill a major gap, and the study is aimed both at literature specialists and culture and science historians. We propose to provide a major new representative inventory of literary works that deal with biological knowledge, looking at both major and minor works, published books and private writings or drafts. Textual analyses and mass studies will be carried out of the documents, with three objectives:
The decision to present the project as part of the Foundation’s Franco-German programmes is justified by the nature of the subject: without ignoring other foreign influences, many of which have been more widely studied (Darwin, for example), this study would not be possible were it not for the considerable impact of German scientists (Haeckel in particular) on French writers.
Projet sélectionné AAP franco-allemand en sciences humaines et sociales, édition 2013
To know more about it, consult the carnet de recherche du programme sur hypotheses.org
Gisèle Seginger (Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée)
Thomas Klinkert (Universität Freiburg, Allemagne)
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