Centre College’s Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars Program will welcome Laura Brown, John Wendell Anderson Professor of English at Cornell University, to campus, Oct. 4-5. During her visit, Brown will give a talk titled, “How We Love: Animal Affects in Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture,” on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Young Hall 113.
In her work as a teacher and scholar at Cornell, Brown studies women writers, slavery and imperialism, species and racial difference, the portrayal of animals and the imaginative force of “things.” She teaches courses on these topics, as well as on writing in the university’s first-year writing seminar program.
Her most recent books, “Homeless Dogs and Melancholy Apes: Humans and Other Animals in the Modern Literary Imagination” and “Fables of Modernity: Literature and Culture in the English Eighteenth Century,” explore the rise of the modern imaginative engagement with animals and the ways in which cultural history shapes literary form, from the creation of the stock market and the development of urban sanitation, to the public appearances of American Indian and African “princes” who visited London.
by Centre College News
September 26, 2018
IF YOU GO
Laura Brown, John Wendell Anderson Professor of English at Cornell University
“How We Love: Animal Affects in Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture”
Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Young Hall 113