Public Talk/Film Screening with E. Ann Kaplan: Dystopian Fictions of Trauma Future-Tense: Alfonso Cuaron’s „Children of Men“, 07.06.2011, Manchester

The Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (RICC), University of Manchester 

Time: Tuesday 7 June 2011, 5.00 pm
Venue: Cornerhouse (centre for contemporary visual arts and film), 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH, UK
Alfonso Cuaron’s „Children of Men“ touched a scholarly nerve that bypassed P.D. James’ novel from which the film is adapted. In this talk, E. Ann Kaplan looks at this unusual academic attention to a commercial film, accounting for it through the theoretical issues scholars drew out from the film. She then addresses specific concerns with the film that arise from her research in trauma studies, and from a broader concern with increasing fictions about future human-produced catastrophe.
Followed by screening: „Chidren of Men“, at 6.30 pm
Director: Alfonso Cuaron / 2006 / 109 mins
with Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine
£7.50/5.50 via Cornerhouse website

E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University, where she also founded and directs The Humanities Institute. She has written widely on media, cinema, and women’s studies, and is the author of numerous books, including „Women in Film: Both Sides of the Camera“, „Women in Film Noir“, „Motherhood and Representation“, „Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations“ (co-edited with Ban Wang), „Feminism and Film, and Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature“.  
All Postgrads and Postdocs welcome. Further details and location TBC.

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