Dr. Sarah Benharrech Receives Research and Scholarship Award

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Prof. S. Benharrech was awarded a Semester RASA for her new book project  The Dreams of Plants. In this study,  she explores vegetal metaphors in eighteenth-century French literature. With eco-criticism and environmental studies providing the theoretical framework, she plans to address how modes of growth and means of multiplication that are unique to plants introduced new paradigms in fictions and investigations of the self. The cutting and grafting of plants as well as the blurring of clear demarcations between life and death sparked debates on the souls of plants, and resulted in other ways of thinking individuality in literature.