University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies

Department of Geography

University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies

Public Lecture

Professor Dame Gillian Beer, Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Cambridge

Darwin and the Descent of Woman

Respondent: Professor Juliet Mitchell, Emeritus Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies

Chair: Professor Jim Secord, The Darwin Correspondence Project

Venue: The Perceval Room, The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge

Date: 1700 - 1830, Wednesday 2 June 2010 (drinks reception will follow in The Darwin Room)


Suggested reading for this event:

Professor Dame Gillian Beer

Professor Dame Gillian Beer

Professor Dame Gillian Beer was a fellow of Girton College, Cambridge for 30 years. She was later King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge, and later President of Clare Hall. She served as chair of the judges for the Booker Prize in 1997. She is also a Fellow of the British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

"Gillian Beer's landmark book, Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (1983, second edition 2000), demonstrates how Darwin overturned fundamental cultural assumptions in his narratives, how George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and other writers pursued and resisted their contradictory implications, and how the stories he produced about natural selection and the struggle for life now underpin our culture." Cambridge University Press