Title 'Recycling the Human Body in contemporary speculative fiction'.
Speaker: Layla Hendow, PhD candidate in English Literature, University of Hull.
Contemporary apocalyptic fiction explores the different ways that the collapse of civilisation will unravel. From environmental ruin to political and social chaos, this genre of fiction is concerned with what humans will be faced with during and after apocalyptic events. They are often cautionary tales speculating on a world that may become reality if we do not change our current habits.
This talk focuses on another side to apocalyptic fiction – the fate of the human body. The aim will be to explore the intriguing adaptation of the human body in apocalyptic fiction. As corporeal waste, the human body is deconstructed, manipulated and fragmented in apocalypse fiction. It is transplanted into resourceful matter, made malleable and recycled. Through analysing fiction and film adaptation by twentieth and twenty-first century authors and filmmakers, this talk aims to offer a new perspective on commonplace recycling waste by considering the human body itself as something worth recycling.
Link to Layla's academic profile: https://hull.academia.edu/LaylaHendow
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