CFP: Writing the Anthropocene
American Comparative Literature Association
Toronto, Canada, April 4-7, 2013
In recent years, scientists have increasingly begun to talk about the Anthropocene epoch, a new phase in earth’s history defined by humanity’s active intervention in the geological record.
The Anthropocene represents a revolution in one of the central ways by which we as a species define our common identity, namely in our ability to create and transcribe messages. In this new epoch, the earth’s atmosphere, the fossil record, and even the genome of living organisms have become carriers of information about human activity. Human communications media are thus no longer separate from the nonhuman records studied by geologists, biologists, or climatologists.
Our seminar aims to explore the implications of this conceptual revolution for literary criticism and theory, film and media studies, and semiotics.
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