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Reinventing the Past: Speculative Fiction as a Strategy of Imaginative Recovery

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
CCSRE Conference Room (Building 360)
Workshop: 
Interdisciplinary Working Group in Critical Theory
Meeting Description: 

Nalo Hopkinson is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside. She is the author of numerous books, including Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, and Skin Folk. Hopkinson is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

Her respondent, Nichole Nomura, is a PhD student in Stanford's English Department.

The history of the Caribbean is one of invasion, erasure and creolization wherein slavery created a nexus of meetings of cultures, some voluntary, some forced. Speculative fiction doesn't just imagine new futures; it can turn its lens onto the past and give us new ways of contemplating it, its legacies, its potential. Caribbean-born science fiction and fantasy author Nalo Hopkinson will be discussing Blackheart Man, her novel-in-progress set in an imaginary 16th and 18th century Caribbean.

Please contact cawkward@stanford.edu to RSVP and for the pre-circulated reading.