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Episode 3 – Bees, Climate Change, and the Victorians

My guest on this episode is Alyce Soulodre. Alyce is a fellow PhD candidate here at Queen’s University in the Department of English Language and Literature. Her dissertation work concerns bugs, the monstrous, and the Victorian period. Join us as we chat about climate change, the importance of bees, and the politicization of ecology in both the Victorian and contemporary periods.

Further Reading

Alyce was kind enough to provide a couple of links to other texts about bugs and the Victorians:

Articles and images referenced during the podcast:


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