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Saturday, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 6B, ACC

The Anthropocene and Deep Time in Literary Studies

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Program arranged by the forum LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American. Presiding: Heather Houser, Univ. of Texas, Austin

Speakers: Gerry Canavan, Marquette Univ.; Bradley J. Fest, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Kristin George Bagdanov, Univ. of California, Davis; Rebecca Wilbanks, Stanford Univ.

The notion of the anthropocene was coined in 2000 to highlight that human beings’ transformation of the planetary environment will be visible in the geological strata. Beyond its crucial influence in the environmental humanities, the anthropocene links to discussions of deep time in literary studies. This session taps into and elaborates on these two ongoing discussions.

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