112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Scientific and Literary Discourse in the Western Cultural Tradition

Session Chair: 
Alexander Pichugin, Rutgers University
Session 10: Sunday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 9


  1. Jane J. Lee, California State University, Dominguez Hills
    This paper examines the centrality of vitalist discourses to Victorian literature in the fin-de-siècle. I pay particular attention to the way scientific developments engendered continuous questions about the origins of life, and argue that Gothic fiction explored potential answers through its treatments of science and technology. 
  2. Tyler Heid, San Francisco State University
    In this paper I explore some of the reactions to Jean-Francois Lyotard's postmodern-defining dismissal of grand narratives.  I primarily focus on the metanarrative contribution to grand narrative in texts by Margaret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut, approached through the frame of the scientific community’s response to Lyotard. 
  3. Alexander Pichugin, Rutgers University
    Based on an analysis of works by modern and contemporary German-language authors, the paper reveals a paradigmatic shift in conceptual concerns from the representation of the conflict between the scientist and society towards a marginalization of the scientist with a simultaneous reassertion of his role in shaping the very nature of humanity.
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