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Dr Alexis Harley Lecturer, English

Alexis Harley's research compasses literature from the late 18th-Century on, with particular focus on Victorian natural history writing, autobiography and literary engagements with the idea of nature, animals, and evolutionary theories. Her recent monograph, Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self demonstrates how evolutionary theories shaped nineteenth-century autobiographical practices and refashioned the human subject - and also how the lived experience of individual theorists impacted upon their biological formulations.

Alexis has abiding interests in animal rights discourse, the Romantics, and all forms of autobiography (from logbooks to microblogs), and has published widely on the autobiographies of nineteenth-century atheists and agnostics. She is currently researching the relationship between extinction, ecological loss and the literary forms of grief.


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