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777. Evidence in the Two Cultures

Sunday, 12 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Old Town, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Timothy Melley, Miami Univ., Oxford

Speakers: Natalia Cecire, Yale Univ.; Timothy Melley; Stephen E. Schryer, Univ. of New Brunswick, Fredericton; Scott Selisker, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Priscilla B. Wald, Duke Univ.

Session Description:

This roundtable revisits the concept of “evidence” in literature and science by revisiting the “two cultures” era of the mid-twentieth-century United States. How do midcentury debates about evidence in the humanities and sciences inform current methods in interdisciplinary literary study? How do the forms of literary evidence shape how literary scholars advocate for public good and social justice?


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Literature and Other Arts, Humanities, Law, Psychology, Science, and Sociology

  • American Literature – Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

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