Conférence du Professeur invité Joshua Schuster
Jeudi 10 février 2022 16h30- 18h, Maison de la Recherche, salle 2.44 et avec Zoom
Joshua Schuster (University of Western Ontario): “Poetry and Environmentalism”
Contact : Sebastien Lefait
Ecopoetics can be defined as the ways the environment becomes a poetic trope and how the environment shapes all tropes. I will discuss how some contemporary as well as some older poems in English deal with conceptions of extinction and existential finitude. Then, by contrast, I will discuss some poems that point to ecological plenitude and the notion of a transitional culture towards a solar poetics.
Joshua Schuster is an associate professor of English at Western University. He is author of The Ecology of Modernism: American Environments and Avant-Garde Poetics (University of Alabama Press, 2015). He has co-written with Derek Woods the forthcoming book Calamity Theory: Three Critiques of Existential Risk (University of Minnesota Press, 2021). Recent essays have appeared in the journals Resilience, Cultural Review Studies, Parrhesia, and in edited volumes on Derrida, Roberto Esposito, and contemporary ecopoetics. He is currently finishing a book on the conceptual and cultural meanings of extinction. He is also in the early stages of a new book project on contemporary ecopoetics and the necessity of developing extreme forms of poetic address.