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Literature in the Linguacene
WhenFriday, Feb. 8, 2019, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Campus locationDenny Hall (DEN)
Campus room359
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars
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Public Lecture Series :: Winter Qtr 2019

David Gramling (U of Arizona, Visiting Scholar, UW Germanics)

"Literature in the Linguacene"

In the main, studies of the Anthropocene abound with urgent, foundational questions about the posthuman condition, interspecies relations, political and ecological justice, and the unevenly distributed precarities of near- and middle-term planetary futures. And yet, while literary fiction and poetics have offered a particularly germane arena for illustrating these crises, interest in human languages-in-the-plural (along with their translatedness, multilingualisms, and monolingualisms, too) has played a rather muted role in Anthropocene theorization thus far. When mentioned at all, concern about human language(s) in the Anthropocene (as opposed to, for instance, human agency, industry, or capital) is often subsumed into critical assessments about the limits of Language-in-the-singular, as a human expressive faculty or moral medium. This talk presents a monograph-in-progress that broaches these three questions in tandem: 1) What role has linguistic plurality played in the historical emergence of the Anthropocene, variously defined as it still remains, 2) How can an inquiry into linguistic plurality enrich and complicate literary studies in the era of the late Anthropocene?, and 3) How have literary artists in this era registered the particular predicaments around multilingual translation and monolingual fortification, as these have manifested in the late Anthropocene?

David Gramling is Associate Professor of German Studies and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Recent books include Palliative Care Conversations: Clinical and Applied Linguistic Perspectives (de Gruyter, January 2019, co-authored with Robert Gramling), Linguistic Disobedience: Restoring Power to Civic Language (Palgrave, July 2018, co-authored with Michelle Moyd and Yuliya Komska), and The Invention of Monolingualism (Bloomsbury, August 2016, winner of the American Association for Applied Linguistics book award for 2018). He co-edits the journal Critical Multilingualism Studies with Chantelle Warner, translates from the Turkish with Aron Aji, and serves as the Translations Section editor of Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke University Press).

Reception to follow talk.

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