Essays and Appreciations in Honor of Michael J. Colacurcio’s 50 Years of Teaching
Edited By Carol M. Bensick
Reconfiguring Nature After Darwin: Skepticism and Sexuality in Modern British and Irish Literature
DANIEL R. SCHWARZ
Before beginning my essay, I want to pay tribute to Michael Colacurcio who was my Cornell colleague from 1968 to 1994 and to thank him for teaching me the need to historicize. When I arrived at Cornell, I was as much as a formalist as any of my colleagues. So when I invoke as my credo, “Always the text; always historicize,” a phrase my students and some of my readers will recognize, some part of that is acknowledging the influence of Michael.
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