Peter Dear: “From Enlightenment and Romantic Natural Classification to a Social Aesthetics of Darwinian Natural Selection”

Peter Dear teaches history at Cornell University.  A Guggenheim recipient, he has written extensively on the history of science in early-modern Europe, including the widely used synthetic treatment Revolutionizing The Sciences: European Knowledge and Its Ambitions, 1500-1700 (2nd ed., 2008). In The Intelligibility of Nature (2006), he investigated the trope of intelligibility in scientific episodes stretching from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Currently, besides ongoing work on “reason” in early-modern Europe, he has been investigating Charles Darwin’s approaches to, and understanding of, classification in the organic world.

Elizabeth Fay: “Romantic Egypt, Monumentality and Shifting Sands”

Elizabeth Fay is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is author of five books, the most recent of which is  Fashioning Faces: The Portraitive Mode in British Romanticism ( 2010); and has co-edited three volumes, the most recent being Urban Identity and the Atlantic World (2013). She is also series editor for Palgrave Macmillan’s The New Urban Atlantic book series. Her current project is on Romantic Period Egypt.

Marshall Brown: “Democratic Organization Vs. Sonata Form: Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 69” 

Marshall Brown is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington and editor of Modern Language Quarterly.  Three of his books center on European Romanticism: The Shape of German RomanticismPreromanticism, and The Gothic Text; among collections he has edited are the Romanticism volume of the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism and the European Romanticism portion of the Longman Anthology of World Literature.  Essays dealing with musical topics are collected in his other books: Turning Points: Essays in the History of Cultural Expressions and “The Tooth That Nibbles at the Soul”: Essays on Music and Poetry.