Sara Silva

Sara Graça da Silva received her PhD from Keele University in 2008 with a thesis on the rich interplay between nineteenth-century science and literature: “Sexual Plots in Charles Darwin and George Eliot: Evolution and Manliness in Adam Bede and The Mill on the Floss.” Since then, she expanded her interests in the history of Darwinian thought in other directions, exploring the potential of phylogenetic methods to test hypotheses about human nature using literature, especially texts related to tradition. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at New University of Lisbon, Portugal, working on evolutionary readings of folktales, and has collaborations with Durham's Centre for the Co-evolution of Biology and Culture, and the Centre for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Her cross-disciplinary project, which focuses on patterns of moral expression, explores how the extraordinary variability within the misleading uniformity of folktales makes them ideal for cross-cultural comparisons. Her main research interests include the intersections between literature and science, theories of sexuality and gender, Darwinism, morality and emotion, and the evolutionary study of folktales. She has edited an interdisciplinary book on Darwin with Fátima Vieira and Jorge Bastos da Silva (2009), and contributed to the Victorian Literature Handbook, Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism, Utopian Studies, amongst others.

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