OpenCampus Tea-Time Talk - ‘The Contemporary Body’
Speaker: Layla Hendow, PhD candidate in English Literature.
This talk focuses on another side to apocalyptic fiction – the fate of the human body. The aim will be to explore the intriguing adaptation of the human body in apocalyptic fiction. As corporeal waste, the human body is deconstructed, manipulated and fragmented in apocalypse fiction. It is transplanted into resourceful matter, made malleable and recycled. Through analysing fiction and film adaptation by twentieth and twenty-first century authors and filmmakers, this talk aims to offer a new perspective on commonplace recycling waste by considering the human body itself as something worth recycling.
Layla Hendow is a PhD candidate in the School of Arts at the University of Hull. Prior to this, she completed a BA(Hons) at Lancaster University and an MA at Warwick University, both in English Literature. Her PhD research is funded by NECAH/AHRC. It focuses on the value of waste in postmodern American fiction. She is particularly interested in portrayals of contemporary society, apocalypse and speculative fiction, and the place of the human body within the contemporary American landscape. At the University of Hull, Layla is the representative for the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education (FACE) and for the North England Consortium for Arts and Humanities (NECAH).
Free Admission - All welcome – Booking is required, please visit: http://libcal.hull.ac.uk/event/3302937