Humboldt's Parrot: Speaking Extinction

Laura Walls

University of Notre Dame

Laura Dassow Walls, Willliam P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, is the author, most recently, of the highly acclaimed Henry David Thoreau: A Life (Chicago, 2017). Her other books include The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (Chicago, 2009), Emerson's Life in Science (Cornell, 2003), and Seeing New Worlds: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Natural Science (Wisconsin, 1995). She also co-edited a new translation of Humboldt’s influential Views of Nature (U of Chicago P, 2014). For this panel, she returns to Humboldt to explore a new direction.


Recent humanities work on the Sixth Extinction crisis seldom addresses responses prior to the 1980s. Yet debates over extinction and possible anthropogenic causation emerged beginning in the late 18th century. The proposed... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Laura Walls (University of Notre Dame)

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P37 » Thinking Extinction through the Nineteenth Century (10:15 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment A)

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