English and Comparative Literature Dissertation Colloquium: James Goebel

Department: English

Date and Time: May 31, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Event Location: HG 3301

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English and Comparative Literature Dissertation Colloquium: James Goebel

James Goebel

May 31st, 1:30-3:00 PM 3301 HG

The Foreclosure Crisis, a Crisis of Foreclosure: Economies of Exposure and the Cultural Logic of Solarity.

James Goebel is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature. His research interests include twentieth century Anglo-, Hispano-, and Native-American literatures of the southwest deserts; critical environmental studies, ecocriticsm, and place studies; the history and philosophy of science and ecology; and the new materialisms and posthumanist studies. His dissertation, entitled Sustainable Subjects: A Cultural Logic of Solarity and the Problem of Exhaustion, is an interdisciplinary engagement with the rise of a discourse and politics of sustainability in the U.S. following the financial and subprime mortgage crises of 2007-09. In particular, he is interested in the complex set of debates that emerged at this time around the siting and development of utility-scale solar facilities on public lands in the southwest deserts.