[Msa-discuss] Patrick Whitmarsh at the Modernism Seminar + Le Guin Film- Thurs. March 5

Samuel Alexander salexand at endicott.edu
Thu Feb 27 09:15:56 EST 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Please join the Modernism Seminar of the Mahindra Humanities Center at
Harvard on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:00pm to hear Patrick Whitmarsh
(Harvard University) give a presentation on:

*“The last modernist gasp”: *

*Speculative Modernism and Don DeLillo’s Underworld *

*as Novel of the Anthropocene*

The presentation will take place in the Mahindra Humanities Center, Barker

*Patrick Whitmarsh* teaches in Harvard’s History & Literature program,
where he specializes in twentieth-century American literature, science
studies, and popular culture. His essays on Pynchon, Beckett, and Peter
Watts have appeared in *Modern Fiction Studies*, *The Journal of Modern
Literature*, and *Science Fiction Studies*. He is working on a book, *Uncertain
Selves: Human Experience and Systems Thinking in Post-WWII Literature*,
which views several works of midcentury literature alongside the rise of
cybernetics, or the study of communication and control in animals and
machines. His talk draws in part on an essay that is forthcoming in *Modern
Fiction Studies*.

Those interested in science fiction are also invited to a screening of
Arwen Curry’s acclaimed documentary *Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin*
<https://worldsofukl.com/> before the talk,* in Barker 133 at 4:30pm*.

There is free parking near the HHC at the Broadway Garage, on Felton
between Broadway and Cambridge Street. Just tell the attendant that you’re
participating in an event at the HHC. Normally the attendant is welcoming,
as long as it’s after 5:00 p.m., even if we are erroneously not on the good

We hope you’ll be able to attend the session, which, as always, includes
discussion after the presentation.

Details about the Center, including a calendar of events, are available at:

*Remaining Spring 2020 Speaker*

Tuesday, March 24 at 6pm in Barker 133: Len Gutkin (Associate Editor, *The
Chronicle Review*), “Camp’s Abstractions: Dandyism, Ivy Compton-Burnett,
and Modernism's End”

Best wishes,

Sam Alexander, Endicott College

salexand at endicott.edu


John Paul Riquelme, Boston University

jpriquel at bu.edu

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