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“Or the Madness”: Climate State Change and the Problem of Genre”–Nathan K. Hensley

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“Or the Madness”: Climate State Change and the Problem of Genre”–Nathan K. Hensley
April 19, 2018 4:30 pm
April 19, 2018 6:00 pm
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Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Voorhies 126

the talk will be about the shifting baseline of “background” climate state under our current disaster, and how conceptual analogs for this idea of absent regularity or failed stability can be found in the shifting generic registers of nineteenth-century texts. It will be of special interest to those of you working on literature and the environment, nineteenth-century literature, and poetry.

Nathan K. Hensley is Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University and author of Forms of Empire: The Poetics of Victorian Sovereignty (Oxford 2016 [UK], 2017 [US]). He is coeditor of Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire (Fordham UP, forthcoming fall 2018) and of “Scale and Form; or what was Global Modernism,” a recent essay cluster for the Modernism / Modernity Print + site. In collaboration with two colleagues at Georgetown he currently codirects 2016-2018 Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, “Approaching the Anthropocene: Global Culture and Planetary Change.” Hensley’s second book project is about action, and draws on ecological thinking to understand how literary works reimagine categories like will, personhood, and capacityin the context of failing systems.

This event is sponsored by English Department.

For more information please contact: Elizabeth Miller, ecmill@ucdavis.edu

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