Otis to Speak on "The Surprising Antics of Other People's Minds"

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    • Thursday March 28, 2013 - Friday March 29, 2013
      4:00 pm - 4:59 pm
  • Location: Ferst Room, GT Library
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Laura Otis, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Emory, began her career as a scientist after receiving a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale and an M.A. in Neuroscience from the University of California at San Francisco. Before receiving  Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell, she worked in labs for eight years.

Since 1986, she has been studying and teaching how scientific and literary thinking coincide and foster each other’s growth. Working with English, Spanish, German, French, and North and South American literature, especially nineteenth-century novels, she is particularly interested in memory, identity formation, and communication technologies and has been a frequent guest scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In addition to her academic books, Otis has written four novels.

Selected Publications:
  • Organic Memory: History and the Body in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1994.

  • Membranes: Metaphors of Invasion in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Science, and Politics. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

  • Networking: Communicating with Bodies and Machines in the Nineteenth Century. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2001.

  • Translator: Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Vacation Stories: Five Science Fiction Tales, Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

  • Editor: Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

  • Müller's Lab, New York: Oxford University Press, March 2007.

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, School of Literature, Media, and Communication

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Cognition, communication technologies, identity formation, memory, science, science and literature, the novel
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