DIFFICULT TEXTS

Literature in a Time of Crisis

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Keynote Speaker

TANYA AGATHOCLEOUS

Tanya Agathocleous is Associate Professor of English at Hunter College, CUNY. She researches and teaches Victorian literature and culture, as well as twentieth-century Anglophone literature in transnational, colonial, and postcolonial contexts. She is interested in the relationship between transnational political ideals and literary form, and in bridging the gap between Victorian, modernist, and postcolonial scholarship. She is the author and editor of several books, including Urban Realism and the Cosmopolitan Imagination in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge UP, 2011), Teaching Literature: A Companion (Palgrave MacMillan, 2002), and George Orwell: Battling Big Brother (Oxford UP, 2000). She also edited the Broadview Press edition of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent and a special issue of Victorian Literature and Culture on “Victorian Cosmopolitanisms.” She recently published an essay in the LA Review of Books titled “Life (Narrative) in the End Times,” which was part of the inspiration for this year’s conference theme.

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