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Hennebach Program: ‘Fear & Nature: Environmental Science Fiction & Ecohorror Film’ Presented By Christy Tidwell

October 8, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Science fiction and horror films frequently reflect (and sometimes shape) our cultural anxieties about nature. As we work to respond to contemporary environmental issues such as pollution and mass extinction, these pop culture narratives take up such issues both directly and indirectly. Some horror films, for instance, imagine monstrous animals attacking humans (Jaws) or reveal the reveal the dangers of isolated spaces (Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Some science fiction films explore the potential consequences of our current practices of pollution (Wall-E) or resource extraction and use (Mad Max). Other science fiction/horror films illustrate audiences’ anxieties about confusing the lines between human and nonhuman (The Fly). These fears of and for nature play a complicated role in our cultural response to environmental threats, sometimes creating more distance from the natural world, sometimes creating sympathy for it, and sometimes prompting reflection on our own place in it.

Christy Tidwell is Associate Professor of English and Humanities at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. She serves as co-leader of The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment’s Ecomedia Special Interest Group and was one of the organizers of A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene (ASLE’s first Nearly Carbon Neutral virtual symposium). She has published articles and chapters on topics including ecohorror and parasites, autism in science fiction, animals in historical romance fiction, and teaching genre fiction and has chapters forthcoming on science in 1970s ecofeminist science fiction and extinction anxiety in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. She is also co-editor of Gender and Environment in Science Fiction (Lexington Books, forthcoming).




October 8, 2018
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Hill Hall
920 15th St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States


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