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.
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