[Msa-discuss] John Plotz at the Modernism Seminar (Feb. 4) and Film Screenings (Feb 4 & Mar. 5)

Samuel Alexander salexand at endicott.edu
Thu Jan 30 09:19:02 EST 2020


Dear Colleagues,

Please join the Modernism Seminar of the Mahindra Humanities Center at
Harvard on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:00pm to hear John Plotz (Brandeis
University) give a presentation on:

*In Our Time and Out of It—*

*Science Fiction Between the Wars, *

*Karel Čapek to Flann O’Brien*

The presentation will take place in the Mahindra Humanities Center, Barker
133.



*John Plotz* is Professor of English
<https://www.brandeis.edu/english/faculty/plotz.html> at Brandeis
University. His books include *The Crowd: British Literature and Public
Politics*  <https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520219175/the-crowd>(2000), *P*
o
<https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691146621/portable-property>*rtable
Property: Victorian Culture on the Move
<https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691146621/portable-property>
*(2008),
and *Semi-Detached: The Aesthetics of Virtual Experience since Dickens*
<https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691159461/semi-detached>
(Princeton,
2017) as well as a children’s book, *Time and the Tapestry: A William
Morris Adventure
<https://www.amazon.com/Time-Tapestry-William-Morris-Adventure/dp/1593731450>*.
He is at work on *Laughter is from Mars*, a book on the satiric and comic
underpinnings of science fiction that builds on previous work on Doris
Lessing
<http://www.publicbooks.org/feeling-like-a-stoic-doris-lessings-experimental-fiction/>
, Ursula Le Guin <http://www.publicbooks.org/le-guins-anarchist-aesthetics/>
 and Richard Jefferies
<https://read.dukeupress.edu/modern-language-quarterly/article-abstract/76/1/31/47270/Speculative-Naturalism-and-the-Problem-of-Scale?redirectedFrom=fulltext>.
A former Guggenheim Fellow, he also teaches in Changing Lives Through
Literature <http://cltl.umassd.edu/home-html.cfm> and the Emerson Prison
Initiative <http://epi.emerson.edu/>. He edits the B-Sides
<http://www.publicbooks.org/category/features/b-sides/> feature in *Public
Books* and hosts the podcast *Recall This Book
<https://recallthisbook.org/>*.



Those interested in science fiction are also invited to the upcoming
screenings of Arwen Curry’s acclaimed documentary *Worlds of Ursula K. Le
Guin <https://worldsofukl.com/>* on *February 4 and March 5 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
list.



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:
http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/





*Remaining Spring 2020 Speakers & Film Screening*

(All presentations will be held in Barker 133 at 6pm. The film screening is
also in 133 at 4:30pm)

Thursday, March 5: *Worlds of Ursula K. LeGuin*

Thursday, March 5: Patrick Whitmarsh (Harvard University), “‘The last
modernist gasp’: Speculative Modernism and Don DeLillo’s *Underworld* as a
Novel of the Anthropocene”

Tuesday, March 24: 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

https://www.endicott.edu/academics/schools/arts-sciences/faculty/s/samuel-alexander



John Paul Riquelme, Boston University

jpriquel at bu.edu

http://www.bu.edu/english/people/faculty/john-paul-riquelme
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