Göran Magnus Blix

  • The Literature of Environmental Disaster

    The Anthropocene names, paradoxically, the simultaneous advent of human mastery over nature and the epoch of runaway climate change. The challenges posed by our very success, from air pollution and flooding to nuclear fallout and plagues, from agribusiness to petro-imperialism, suggest the urgency of rethinking our relationship to nature beyond mere technical fixes. Literature sheds a unique light on how distinct cultures and individuals live this rapport.
  • The Literature of Environmental Disaster

    The Anthropocene names, paradoxically, the simultaneous advent of human mastery over nature and the epoch of runaway climate change. The challenges posed by our very success, from air pollution and flooding to nuclear fallout and plagues, from agribusiness to petro-imperialism, suggest the urgency of rethinking our relationship to nature beyond mere technical fixes. Literature sheds a unique light on how distinct cultures and individuals live this rapport.
  • Seminar in 19th- and 20th-Century French Literature: Writing the People in 19thC France

    What is the people? Much of nineteenth-century literature is an effort to confront this urgent political question after the Revolution, and to give shape and voice to this amorphous new sovereign. At once ubiquitous and intangible, the people is an unsettling power that modern writing seeks to name, express, silence, or shape. This course examines some landmark novels (by Hugo, les Goncourt, Sand, and Zola) and social analysis (by reformers, hygienists, and intellectuals) at the crossroads between politics and aesthetics. Critical texts by Marx, Chevalier, Rancière, Foucault, T.J.
  • Seminar in 19th- and 20th-Century French Literature: Writing the People in 19thC France

    What is the people? Much of nineteenth-century literature is an effort to confront this urgent political question after the Revolution, and to give shape and voice to this amorphous new sovereign. At once ubiquitous and intangible, the people is an unsettling power that modern writing seeks to name, express, silence, or shape. This course examines some landmark novels (by Hugo, les Goncourt, Sand, and Zola) and social analysis (by reformers, hygienists, and intellectuals) at the crossroads between politics and aesthetics. Critical texts by Marx, Chevalier, Rancière, Foucault, T.J.
  • The Literature of Environmental Disaster

    In the Anthropocene, humanity has become, for the first time, a geological agent transforming the conditions of life on earth, but this power itself gives rise to unprecedented challenges, from air pollution and floods to nuclear fallout and plagues, from agribusiness to petro-imperialism. Literature sheds a unique light on this global crisis, highlighting in each case the lived human experience, the distinct visions of nature, and the complex social conflicts involved.

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