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Insects in Literature and the Arts

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Edited By Laurence Talairach-Vielmas and Marie Bouchet

This bilingual collection of essays (in English and French) looks at entomology and representations of insects from a scientific, historical, philosophical, literary and artistic viewpoint.
The contributions illustrate the various responses to the insect world that have developed over centuries, concentrating upon the alien qualities of insects – a radical otherness that has provoked admiration and fear, or contributed to the debates over humans’ superiority over animals, especially during the evolutionary theory controversy, or in today’s ecological debates. Insects not only helped shape new discourses on nature and on the natural world, but their literary and artistic representations also reveal how humans relate to their environment.
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COLETTE BITSCH, entomologist, began her career by teaching zoology at the University of Burgundy, France. She then became a full-time researcher at CNRS and moved to Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse. Her main interest lies in the study of primitive insects, in particular their physiology in relation to moulting cycles and their evolutionary affinities within the large set of Arthropods in an effort to better understand the origin of insects. Recently, a parallel passion for the history of art has brought her to explore the perception of the living world as revealed by the rich heritage of artistic works made before the emergence of modern science.

MARIE BOUCHET is Associate Professor of American Literature at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail. She is a specialist of Vladimir Nabokov and a founding member of the Société Vladimir Nabokov, France. Her research focuses on hybrid forms of creation, according to an intersemiotic perspective. Her 16 publications on Nabokov include the following: Lolita (Paris: Atlande, 2009), ‘From Dolores on the Dotted Line to Dotted Dolores’ (Nabokov Studies 9 (2005): 101-114).

VIRGIL W. BROWER is a Yarrington Fellow in the Paris Program in Critical Theory. First teaching ethics at the Chicago Police Academy, he is now the Full-Time Lecturer of Philosophy at Chicago State University, where he also serves as an administrator of the Honors College in which he has teaching appointments in humanities and philosophy of science. In a dual degree program between the Theology, Ethics, and Human Sciences...

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