Why Deep Reading Matters Now: Grief, Hope and Social Justice in a Time of Planetary Crisis

Presented by: Dr Jude Seaboyer

Date: Friday 6 November 2020
Time: 12–1pm
Location: Online via Zoom


Abstract

Our students live in the shadow of the world’s sixth mass extinction. They are witnessing intersecting planetary crises in the form of drought and wildfires, catastrophic weather events, habitat destruction, and mass migration of human populations. Those we teach at UQ may be relatively privileged yet they know they may never have the opportunity to use their hard-earned educational capital to earn the liveable income necessary to live Aristotle’s “good life.” It would be odd if such an uncertain future were not linked to the alarming increase in rates of anxiety and clinical depression university teachers and counsellors have observed in classrooms and clinics well before COVID added its long shadow. My research contributes to research around the ethical teaching of a growing body of literary fictions that open up a conversation around planetary crises. Out of the darkness, I will argue, these fictions do what literature has always done best. Confronted with an impossible reality, they not only recognise grief and despair but imagine into existence a way of being in the world that opens a space for hope that enables action. In the face of anxiety and sorrow, the deep reading of crisis fictions can become an active strategy for living hopeful lives. I will illustrate this talk with references to a number of these texts and the work they do.  


Presenters

Dr. Jude Seaboyer's research focuses on contemporary fiction, and on student engagement and the pedagogy of reading well. She has supervised to completion 14 PhDs and MPhils and 24 honours theses, and is interested in talking with prospective students whose proposals address nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction. Past and current supervisions have focused on the works of, among others, Jane Austen, Anne Bronte, Kate Chopin, Elizabeth Bowen, Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt, Pat Barker, Barbara Kingsolver, Ian McEwan, and Sarah Waters. Critical approaches have extended from issues of identity, memory and trauma, neo-Victorianism, metafiction and intertextuality.

 

 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - What Has Streaming Done to Television? Platform Interfaces and Contemporary Viewing Dr Elliott Logan

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Building cultural citizenship through drama: A study of The Community Theatre in Singapore Dr Natalie Lazaroo

Friday, 23 April
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Passing as White (Collar): Jim Crow’s Typewriter and the Harlem Renaissance Dr Tamlyn Avery

Friday, 7 May
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - HDR Roundtable: Ethical or exploitative? The representation of violence and trauma in literature and screen media  Bonnie Evans, Taryn Bashford, Jasmine Sandes, Meg Vann

Friday, 21 May
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Converging Professions or Practices? Shifting Dynamics in a Digital Communication World Toning Down the Antagonism Between Communication and Journalism Dr Franzisca Weder

Friday, 4 June
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Facilitating co-innovation towards sustainable livestock systems in Timor Leste – pulling out all the (communication) stops A/Prof Elske van de Fliert

Friday, 18 June
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar -  Holograms and (Dis) Embodied Intimacy in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing Dr Samantha Lindop

Friday, 6 August
1-2pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - All Scripts are Adaptations? Michael Eaton MBE

Friday, 27 August
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Chilling Effect: The law, lawyers, journalists, and editorial processes Dr Richard Murray

Friday, 10 September
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Mrs America’s Prosthetic Feminist Memory: The ‘Discovery’ of a Cool Feminism for Postfeminist Times Dr Marg Henderson and Dr Anthea Taylor (USyd)

Friday, 24 September
1-2pm

Online via Zoom

In coversation with Laura Elvery A/Prof Stephen Carleton

 

Venue

Online via zoom