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I am delighted to announce an interdisciplinary colloquium I’ve organized for Wednesday October 26, 3-5pm, on the topic of “Hope and Uncertainty: How We Talk about Ecological Catastrophe,” featuring Professors Marco Caracciolo (English & Literary Studies, Ghent University) and Shelby Riskin (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto), with a response by Dr Shannon Lambert (Postdoctoral Researcher, Ghent University). You can register for this in-person event by signing up here

The two talks are “Climate Change Allegories: Blending Hope and Concern Through Storytelling
(Marco Caracciolo) and”Acting on Behalf of Biodiversity: Does Messaging Matter in Shaping Behaviour?“(Shelby Riskin).

My latest article, the first publication from my new SSHRC-funded project on science and narratology, is now out in Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and History of Ideas. Entitled “Limits of Narrative Science: Unnarratability and Neonarrative in Evolutionary Biology,” it is part of a special issue on “The Limits of Narrative,” edited by Samuli Björninen and Merja Polvinen. It features close readings of several diagrams depicting arms-race coevolutionary dynamics between pollinators and the flowers they visit.

Special issue of JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory: I’m thrilled to be guest editing a special issue of JNT on “Narratologies of Science” featuring a fantastic line-up of scholars. The essays investigate some of the many ways in which science expands or challenges the logic and possibility of narrative. It will be published in mid-2023.

An abridged version of my book’s chapter on Joyce, “A Portrait of the Artist as a ‘Biologist in Words’: Language, Epiphany and Atavistic Bildung,” appears in the newly-published Norton Critical Edition of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 2nd ed., edited by John Paul Riquelme.

My chapter “Beyond the Search Image: Reading as (Re)search” is now out in the book Modernism, Theory, and Responsible Reading: A Critical Conversation, edited and introduced by Stephen Ross, with an Afterword by Paul St. Amour.

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