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The American Conversations Lecture Series presents Professor Ray Malewitz

Climate-Change Technologies and the Volatilizing of American Literary Regionalism

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Since their emergence at the end of the 19th century, American regional literatures have been defined by their celebration of unchanging local environments and by their resistance to modern infrastructural technologies, which convert a grounded sense of place into an abstract sense of space.

In this talk, Ray Malewitz explores the ways that climate change and climate-change infrastructural technologies such as wind turbines, solar farms, and underground water pipelines alter these relationships in contemporary regional fiction. The presence of these technologies in regional narratives highlights the fact that it is the possibility of a region being other than itself that enables artists and their characters to salvage a sense of what it is.

Series introduced by Professor David Robinson, moderated by Professor Marisa Chappell.

The American Conversations Lecture Series is sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, with support from the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion.

Memorial Union (campus map)
Asian/Pacific room, 206
Center for the Humanities
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