“Action Without Nature: Rossetti and Hopkins”
Nathan Hensley, Georgetown University
Sponsored by Duke University's English Department, Novel, CISSCT
Thursday March 23, 2017
Reception to follow
Nathan Hensley (Duke PhD 2009) is currently Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University and the author of Forms of Empire: The Poetics of Victorian Sovereignty (Oxford 2016). He is also co-editor with Philip Steer (Duke PhD 2009) of Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire. Forthcoming from Fordham UP in 2017, the collection aims to show how Victorian thinking about empire and ecology can help us understand the often violent processes by which human beings were—and continue to be—incorporated into massive systems seemingly beyond their direct control. This talk is part of a new project, After it Almost Unmade: Action in the Wake of Nature, that puts literary reading methods in dialogue with Victorian and contemporary thinking about ecological networks.