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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Shaping the Future: How Feminist Utopian Novels Used New Concepts of Time to Create Better Worlds for Everyone

19th July 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, Palace Green Library, Sarah Lohmann

What does relativity theory have to do with utopia, and why are both featured in Palace Green Library’s current exhibition on time travel literature? Come to this free lunchtime talk to find out.

In this talk, Sarah Lohmann of Durham University will investigate how certain novelists of the late 20th century, including Naomi Mitchison, Joanna Russ and Marge Piercy, employed new concepts of time, such as relativity and quantum theory, in their feminist utopian novels in order to push the boundaries of both time travel literature and utopian fiction and thereby imagine a better future for everyone.

Free entry, no booking required.

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