Events Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 4:00 pm

Sabbatical Presentation - Professor Rob Wauhkonen

Alumni Hall , Cambridge, MA 02140

2017-10-31T20:00:00Z 2017-10-31T21:00:00Z UTC CLAS Sabbatical Presentation Join Professor of Humanities Rob Wauhkonen for a presentation about his sabbatical research: "Ecocriticism, Apocalyptic Fiction, and Atwood’s 'Oryx and Crake'" Alumni Hall , Cambridge,, MA 02140 CLAS Dean's Office bgwann@lesley.edu

Professor Wauhkonen will begin with an overview of some of the key themes in ecocriticism, a form of literary criticism growing in prominence in literary studies today. He will examine apocalypticism as a common trope in current dystopian environmental fiction (sometimes called “cli-fi”). Drawing upon a paper he presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association’s Annual conference in March, he will examine Margaret Atwood’s "Oryx and Crake" as a work of speculative fiction that mirrors key themes of the environmental justice movement today: the threat that capitalism poses to the environment; the potential of science, in the hands of imperfect humans, to wreak environmental disaster; and the exploitation of the masses in a society of haves and have-nots.

The presentation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 31 in Alumni Hall from 4-5 p.m.

For any questions contact Bwann Gwann: bgwann@lesley.edu

 

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CLAS Dean's Office