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Race, science and literary studies in the 21st century

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  • UserJosie Gill (University of Bristol) World_link
  • ClockThursday 04 February 2021, 15:30-17:00
  • HouseZoom.

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In this talk I will consider the ways in which narratives from genetic science have been used to frame approaches to race in literary studies. I will interrogate the presumed anti-racism of this framing, and how this use of science disrupts contemporary theoretical assumptions about the relationship between the disciplines- namely that literary scholars tend to be critical or sceptical of science. I will argue that reading contemporary fiction alongside, rather than in opposition to, genetic science, enables us to apprehend the biofictional nature of race itself, and the cultural and literary contexts in which racial scientific ideas – including those that are situated as anti-racist – arise.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science series.

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