Coral Reef Theory, Vitalism, and Black Labor: James McCune Smith's Coral Insects and Making Evolutionary Change

Juliana Chow

Saint Louis University

Juliana Chow is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Louis University. Her research on nineteenth-century American literature has constellated around topics of ecocriticism and science studies such as natural history, regionalism, vitalism, labor, and ecology.  Her most recent publication is an essay called “Partial Readings: Thoreau’s Studies as Natural History’s Casualties” in the collection Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times.


As the hurricanes batter the Atlantic coast and the monsoons transform the South Asian landscape, we find ourselves seeking ways to respond to climate and to the myriad manifestations of its change. We call for green forms of... [ view full abstract ]


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P47 » Corals, Reefs, and Heaps: America's Marine Poetics (14:00 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment B)

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