Jeff VanderMeer: 'AREA X: The Fictive Imagination in the Dusk of the Anthropocene'

Saturday 28 February

14:00 - 15:30

Paradiso, Main Hall

Jeff VanderMeer with Owl. Photo by Kyle Cassidy

Jeff VanderMeer presents his thoughts on relevant and outdated approaches in fiction in the context of his bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy, including brief readings from his novels. The Southern Reach Trilogy features Area X, a hyperobject that resists comprehension while exposing the limitations of human thought. In this modern era, what constitutes escapism or commodification in near-future fiction, what are old ideas in new clothes, and what is truly revolutionary? How can the philosophy behind new ways of looking at the world inform fiction?


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