“A Whiff of Danger: Hybridity, Breed, and Wildness”
Harriet Ritvo (Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, MIT) will speak about her current research, which concerns historical notions of wildness and domestication. Professor Ritvo teaches courses in British history, environmental history, the history of human-animal relations, and the history of natural history. She is the author of The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism (Chicago UP, 2009), The Platypus and the Mermaid, and Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination (Harvard UP, 1997), The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age (Harvard UP, 1987), and Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals and History (Virginia, 2010); she is also the co-editor of Macropolitics of Nineteenth-Century Literature: Nationalism, Imperialism, Exoticism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991) and the editor of Charles Darwin's The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998). Her articles and reviews on British cultural history, environmental history, and the history of human-animal relations have appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including The London Review of Books, Science, Daedalus, The American Scholar, Technology Review, and The New York Review of Books, as well as scholarly journals in several fields.
The Animal Studies Speaker Series is presented by the Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop in Animal Studies and co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women & Gender, the Department of Comparative Literature, the English Department, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Department of Women’s Studies, and the Institute for the Humanities.