The Lost World Of Plant Monsters: Animal Plants, Stone Plants, And Other Categorical Challenges

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Stone-Plants. Animal-Plants. Sensitive Plants. Eighteenth-century natural history was populated with categories that we no longer recognize but that at the time presented serious challenges to classification. This talk revisits a world of plant monsters, whose ability to walk, to feed, or to feel, breached the boundaries between animal and vegetable kingdoms and helped to revise what it means to be a plant, a human, or something in between.

Lynnette Regouby is a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Museum. She has a PhD in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her doctoral research investigated analogies between plants and humans in eighteenth-century French art, literature, and science. At the APS Museum, she is co-curating a new exhibition on “Jefferson, Science, and Exploration,” which opens in April 2015.
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