Tuesday 10 May 2011

E. Ann Kaplan Talk/Film Screening & Master Class (June 7th & 8th)

The Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (RICC) is pleased to be sponsoring two events by Professor E. Ann Kaplan on June 7th and 8th, 2011.

E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University, where she also founded and directs The Humanities Institute. She has written widely on media, cinema, and women's studies, and is the author of numerous books including, most recently, Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature.

1. Public Talk / Film Screening at Cornerhouse (June 7th)
£7.50/5.50 for talk/screening. Tickets via

Talk: Dystopian Fictions of Trauma Future-Tense: Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Tue 7 June, 5.00pm

Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men touched a scholarly nerve that bypassed P.D. James’ novel from which the film is adapted. In this talk, E. Ann Kaplan looks at this unusual attention to a commercial film, accounting for it through the theoretical issues scholars drew out from the film. She then addresses specific concerns with the film that arise from her research in trauma studies, and from a broader concern with increasing fictions about future human-produced catastrophe.

Film Screening: Children of Men, Tue 7 June, 6.30pm
Dir Alfonso Cuaron / 2006 / 109 mins. Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine.

2. Master Class with E. Ann Kaplan (June 8th)
Wed 8 June 10.00am-12.00pm, G.30/31 Arthur Lewis Building.
All postgrads and postdocs welcome.
Please email for the reading materials and to confirm your place.

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