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Faculty eBook of the Week: Worm Work by Janelle Schwartz

By Lynn Mayo

October 7, 2013

Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism by Janelle Schwartz. (University of Minnesota Press, 2012)

Try not to get squeamish, but do consider the worm. One of the lowest forms of life, the worm -- a physical and metaphorical symbol of change -- was a subject of interest to late 18th and early 19th century writers of natural history, poetry and prose. Schwartz explores the worm writings of the Romantic era, those writers connections with worms, and how they informed their understanding and representation of the natural world.

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