Contemporary Robinsonades: Monday 16 May 6-7.30

We warmly invite you to a talk by visiting Erasmus scholar, Martina Allen.

G15, Main Building, Malet St, 6-7.30 on Monday 16 May.

Martina writes: “Rewriting Crusoe’s Island: Economy, Ecology and the Savage Other in the Contemporary Robinsonade” seeks to highlight the sociopolitical dimension of genre in literary texts and films by illustrating how the established narrative and spatial patterns of the Robinsonade continue to inspire and structure Western conceptions of colonialism, civilization, economy and ecology.

I will use two well-known recent examples of the genre, Robert Zemeckis’ film Cast Away and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, to show how contemporary narratives of shipwreck and survival evoke and then partly disappoint generic expectations to foreground and critique the ideological implications underlying these conventions.|”

All are welcome to attend