Dr. Lara Karpenko, an associate professor of English at Carroll University had a publication, Strange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age, featured in the University of Michigan Press. The piece was co-edited with Dr. Shalyn Claggett of Mississippi State and ran in the January 2017 issue.
The essays in Strange Science examine marginal, fringe, and unconventional forms of scientific inquiry, as well as their cultural representations, in the Victorian period. Strange Science reveals the degree to which scientific discourse of this period was radically speculative, frequently attempting to challenge or extend the apparent boundaries of the natural world. The volume includes a foreword by Dame Gillian Beer.
"Working on Strange Science was truly a wonderful experience,” explained Karpenko. “I learned so much through research, writing, and my collaborations with various academics across the country and the world. I am particularly pleased that the diverse range of topics we covered showcase the depth and breadth of humanities-centered academic work."
Some of the topics covered in the essays include a novel about a murderous hypnotist, anxieties regarding killer plants and attempts to connect yogic practise to particle physics.