2021年11月2日 星期二

2021人文前沿國際大師系列講座11/12第七場 “This Curse Upon Everlasting Generations”:Toward a Literary History of Reproductive Crisis

2021年人文前沿國際大師系列講座第七場

【Forward-thinking Issues in the Humanities】Series Lecture VII

Vision for the Environmental Humanities

“This Curse Upon Everlasting Generations”: Toward a Literary History of Reproductive Crisis


Presenter

Tobias Menely

Professor

Department of English, The University of California, Davis

USA


Moderator

Hannes Bergthaller

Professor

Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan


Date│November 12 (Friday)

Time│10:00-12:00 a.m.


Live Online (GMT+8)

http://meet.google.com/yjf-samv-tdh


Organizers

Research Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, NCHU

Innovation and Development Center for Sustainable Agriculture, NCHU

Department of English, NTNU




主講人簡介:

Tobias Menely is Professor in Department of English at UC Davis. His teaching and research focus on the long eighteenth century, from the Restoration to Romanticism. In his first book, The Animal Claim: Sensibility and the Creaturely Voice (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Dr. Menely links the poetics of sensibility with Enlightenment political theory, humanitarian advocacy, and the debates leading to Britain’s first animal welfare legislation, Martin’s Act of 1822. His co-edited collection, Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times, was published by Pennsylvania State University Press in November 2017. And his new book, Climate and the Making of Worlds: Toward a Geohistorical Poetics, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2021. In this book, Dr. Menely develops a materialist ecocriticism, tracking the imprint of the planetary across a long literary history of poetic rewritings and critical readings in which what is at stake is climate as a condition of human world making.


演講摘要:

What happens when reproductive futurism, with its twinned fantasies of the fertile family and the fertile Earth, exhausts itself, failing to revitalize the symbolic order by promising more of the same? With an eye to the eco-reproductive anxieties of the present, my talk revisits a lineage of stories centering on fraught reproductive agency: Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667),Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), and Butler’s Lilith’s Brood (2000).I focus on decisive scenes in which protagonists negotiate reproductive choice with the aid of fiction-making, acts of speculative projection and apostrophic address that populate the world to come, imbuing procreation with species-level significance. As their protagonists consider the clamoring of future generations, these authors negotiate a blighted inheritance, retelling a creation myth in which a “blessing,” “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth,” is followed by a “curse,” the sexual division of labor. Much as the fertility mandate in Genesis implies the possibility of its contravention, capitalism, in its mode of primitive accumulation, must actively dispossess women of control over procreation, transforming reproductive labor into a “free gift” of nature. The literary expression of what Silvia Federici calls “permanent reproductive crisis,” I argue, is allegory, which appears, in this genealogy, as the hideous progeny generated in the coupling of patriarchal creation myth and feminist science fiction. In allegory’s deferral of meaning—personified in the inscrutability of Milton’s Chaos, Shelley’s creature, and Butler’s Oankali—we detect a secret history of non-reproduction, the possibility of making kin beyond the family and beyond the human.

 



主辦:

國立中興大學人文與社會科學研究中心

國立中興大學農業創新發展中心

國立臺灣師範大學英語系