EmailTwitterFacebookDiggStumbleUponGoogle+

There is a must read profile of literary Darwinist and mixed martial artist Jonathan Gottschall in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Recounting how his academic career has stalled in the face of his controversial theories that English Departments and, indeed, literature can be saved by using evolution alone as the key to interpretation. Among his supporters quoted in the article are the great Nabokov scholar Brian Boyd and the professor and popular science writer Steven Pinker. The strangest moment in the profile finds Gottschall asking the author: “What sort of things would I have to say to get you to reach across the table and punch me in the face?”

More… “Literary Darwinism, the real Mr. Darcy and Charlie Hebdo tempest”

Richard Abowitz is the editor of The Smart Set. Get in touch at rabowitz@drexel.edu.

EmailTwitterFacebookDiggStumbleUponGoogle+