Literature, Science, Psychoanalysis, 1830-1970: Essays in Honour of Gillian Beer

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This book presents fourteen new essays by leading British and American writers on literature, science, and psychoanalysis. Written in honour of Gillian Beer, the collection pays homage to her major contribution to the theory and practice of interdisciplinary studies, with particular emphasis on the evolutionary sciences in nineteenth-century Britain, on psychoanalysis from Freud through to the late 1930s, and on the cultural contexts of science in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Dame Gillian Beer was born on 27 January 1935 in Bookham, Surrey, and was educated at St Anne's College, Oxford. On graduating she lectured at Bedford College, London, (1959-62) and Liverpool University (1962-4). A Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge, between 1965 and 1994, Gillian Beer began lecturing at Cambridge in 1966 and became Reader in Literature and Narrative in 1971. She was made Professor of English in 1989 and in 1994 became King Edward VII Professor of English Literature and President of Clare Hall at Cambridge. She holds honorary degrees from Liverpool University, Leicester University, Cardiff University, Anglia Polytechnic University, and Université de Paris Sorbonne, and has been awarded medals by M.I.T., St Andrew's University, and the National Autonomous University, Mexico City. Gillian Beer became a DBE in 1998.
She was a Booker judge in 1993, Vice-President of the British Academy from 1994 to 1996, Chairman of the Poetry Book Society (1992-6), and Chairman of the Judges of the Booker Prize for Fiction (1997). She is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was a Booker judge in 1993 and Chair of the Booker judges in 1997. Her books include Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (1983, 2nd edition 2000) and Virginia Woolf: the Common Ground (1996).

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The essays in Literature, Science, Psychoanalysis, 1830-1970 are, reasonably enough, arranged historically and roughly by topic, but grouping them according to Beer's interests and methods brings out their arresting newness. * Isobel Armstrong, Times Literary Supplement * A complex and brilliant group of essays explores the shifting sands of category construction. * Isobel Armstrong, Times Literary Supplement *

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