This online seminar will lay out some key concepts useful for thinking the relation between contemporary (New) Weird fictions and ecological thought. After a brief overview of the Weird, we will look at some recent examples of Weird fiction (primarily U.S. based) that focus explicitly on ecological and environmental issues, including works by Jeff VanderMeer, Kathe Koja, N.K. Jemisin, Rita Indiana, Elvia Wilk, Caitlin Kiernan, and others. The presentation and discussion will pair questions of ongoing crises, unknowability, estrangement, anti-anthropocentrism, and other possible tenets of weirdness with how we confront climate change and other conditions of the Anthropocene, particularly through theories of queer and feminist ecologies.
Weird Fiction and Ecological Thought, 1 Dec 2020, 5 pm
Link to the series
Weird Fictions Research Group in the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw
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