EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium
Volume 5, Issue 1, 2013
A missing link: Building STEAM with Literary Darwinism
Allison S. Walker
Literary Darwinism is a relatively new and controversial theory, but it capitalizes on the interdisciplinary knowledge required in our modern 21st century academe and builds upon a concept known as STEAM, the integration of the Arts into the traditional framework of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is, therefore, a powerful tool for both scientific and esoteric inquiry because it blurs the boundaries between disciplines, encouraging students to approach ideas of literature and evolution through creative thinking and multimodal knowledge. This article provides an introductory-level First Year Seminar (FYS) approach to teaching literary Darwinism by first building a foundational framework of key evolutionary terms, then exploring the evolution of language itself as well as literary Darwinism’s relatively recent and controversial genesis within literary scholarship, and finally providing specific curricular components that facilitate synthesis of key concepts through creative thinking and interactive, STEAM-driven lessons designed to appeal to a typical FYS audience.
How to cite this article:
Walker, A. S. (2013). A missing link: Building STEAM with Literary Darwinism. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 5(1), 15-50.