The Department of Communication and Media offers many kinds of events, most free and open to the public. We organize and sponsor numerous lectures, workshops and conferences over the course of the academic year. Our programming covers a wide range of topics and features presenters from diverse disciplines and is designed to foster an understanding of the mass media and emerging media.
In this chapter, I focus on how scale and perspective interact with materialist fantasies in contemporary realist fiction and in the larger cultural debates surrounding it. By attending to forms of diffuse narrative sentience moving through the novel, I discuss two kinds of narrative reach for radical exteriority, exemplified in texts by Marilynne Robinson and Teju Cole. These frustrated attempts at nonhuman narration either attempt to locate consciousness in wildly distant objects and materials, or are eliminative, trying to imagine a world or narrative outside of consciousness or human knowledge. I situate both attempts in a history of realist theory that has had much more room for nonhuman narrative than our most recent engagements with it have remembered.
|Event Type:||Workshop / Seminar|
|Tags:||Contemporary, Contemporary Literature, Department Of English Language And Literature, English, English Department, English Language And Literature, Graduate Students|
|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Department of English Language and Literature, Comparative Literature, Communication and Media, Central Concepts in Contemporary Theory Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop|