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Darwin-L Message Log 1:266 (September 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<1:266>From eam2e@uva.pcmail.virginia.edu  Wed Sep 29 22:15:30 1993

From: Eric Miller <eam2e@uva.pcmail.virginia.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 93 23:17:56 EDT
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: Linnaeus and literature

I'd like to post a general inquiry to the Darwin list-- a technically
pre-Darwinian inquiry (unless we choose to consider Erasmus Darwin).  Can
anyone out there give me any information on the impact of Linnaean
classification on 18th and 19th century literature?  By literature, I mean
more than belles-lettres, though I include that (Erasmus Darwin's "The
Botanic Garden"); any work influenced by Linnaean ideas in philosophy,
political theory, etc., would hold interest for me.  Whether it's English,
French, German or whatever is immaterial for my purposes.  I suppose my
inquiry is left deliberately vague, in the hopes that such vagueness is more
compatible with fresh answers.  (I'm aware of Gilbert White and John Clare--
a 19th century figure who had things to say about Linnaeus.)

Thank you.   Eric Miller

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