Margo Beckmann | College of Arts

Margo Beckmann

School of English and Theatre Studies

Margo Beckmann is a PhD candidate currently writing her dissertation. Her research explores how late- Victorian authors drew on seemingly antithetical elements of biblical narrative and Darwinian science to argue for ethics within a New Imperialist context. Her work focuses on H. Rider Haggard’s, H.G Wells’s, Grant Allen’s, and Olive Schreiner’s use of biblical apocalyptic motifs to critique imperialism, capitalism, and organized religion, interrogating ways fin de siècle fiction demythologizes and contextualizes biblical motifs to propose an “evolution of ethics” not evident in Darwinian theory.