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November 2, 2017

Widening the Lens: Beyond the Orient and Occident in Narrative Perspectives of the East and West

Widening the Lens: Beyond the Orient and Occident in Narrative Perspectives of the East and West

The American University in Dubai April 5-7, 2018

We live in an age in which mass media representations of the Middle East have done much to influence Western attitudes toward the region’s peoples and cultures. Similarly, Middle Easterners’ views of the West have also been affected. That these representations have so consistently advanced disparaging stereotypes has resulted in an unfortunate legacy of cultural misunderstanding that demands investigation and redress. The ...

Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel

Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel

By Astrid Bracke. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, Environmental Cultures Series, 2017.

The challenge of rapid climate change is forcing us to rethink traditional attitudes to nature. This book is the first study to chart these changing attitudes in 21st-century British fiction. Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel examines twelve works that reflect growing cultural awareness of climate crisis and participate in the reshaping of the stories that surround it. Central to this renegotiation are four narratives: environmental collapse, pastoral, ...