Spring 2016: FWIS 143 – Sustainability in America

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015
Spring 2016: FWIS 143 – Sustainability in America

 Instructor: Abby Goode What do we mean when we use the term “sustainability”? What kinds of concepts and patterns of thought are we invoking and where do they come from? What, exactly, are we aiming to sustain? In this course, we will analyze the roots of sustainability in American literature, history, and popular culture. Identifying […]

Abby Goode on “Eugenic Sustainability,” Nov. 6 @ 1:30 pm Sewall 309

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015
Abby Goode on “Eugenic Sustainability,” Nov. 6 @ 1:30 pm Sewall 309

This talk is part of the English Graduate Fellows Lecture Series. “Eugenic Sustainability” features key readings from Abby’s dissertation, “Democratic Demographics: A Literary Genealogy of American Sustainability.” This project argues that sustainability, widely regarded as a contemporary concept, emerged from a “New World” fantasy of demographic and agricultural abundance. Developing this fantasy as a racial and eugenic ideal, […]