Science for Aliens

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Location: Notre Dame Room, 202 Lafortune Student Center

Kate Marshall, Department of English, University of Notre Dame

In this brown-bag session, I will discuss how science studies has informed my trajectory as a literary scholar, and describe the continence I see between directions in the study of literature and science and what is loosely grouped under the rubric of media studies in the language disciplines. Drawing on examples from my current projects on media and architecture in American fiction and narrators imagined after genomic and technological shifts, I’ll outline some key questions I see emerging from the specifically literary forms of thinking about science. I will also include a view of the “two cultures” cliché as seen through the lens of C. P. Snow’s Corridors of Power novels. My presentation will conclude with a dialogue about teaching literature and science at Notre Dame.