Hybrids, Monsters, Aliens and Other Creatures in 20th and 21st Centuries Writing
9th-11th of September 2010
Senate House, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London
In the last two decades, growing emphasis has been given to the vital role of the non human in literary and cultural studies. The emergent disciplines of ecocriticism and animal studies are aiming to redeploy our human-centre discourses towards a poetics of diversity based on more awareness of non human lives and perspectives. These new fields of criticism have primarily focused on human-animal relations, on the presence or absence of ecologically-sound values in texts and on the role of the environment in various forms of creative expression.