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"The Missing Number: Zamyatin's R-13 and Traces of Blackness in Global Science Fiction"
Start Date: 2/26/2013Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 2/26/2013End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description
Anindita Banerjee "The Missing Number: Zamyatin's R-13 and Traces of Blackness in Global Science Fiction"

Tuesday, February 26
Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall 7:30 p.m.

Anindita Banerjee, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University, is the author of the forthcoming book "We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity" (2013, Wesleyan University Press). She will speak on the character of R-13, poet and best friend of D-503, the narrator of Evgenii Zamyatin's famous dystopian novel "We" (1920). Russian readers and scholars have typically read R-13 as a trace of Alexander Pushkin, Russia's beloved favorite poet. But Pushkin's great-grandfather was from Abyssinia (today's Ethiopia), and the poet devoted significant attention to what he called "my Africa." Dr. Banerjee follows this trace to raise the question of race in global science fiction - the genre that models the future of the world even as it imagines it. Dr. Banerjee will also be on campus on Wednesday, February 27, for a small-group discussion of the topic of her new book and of Zamyatin's concept of entropy.

For more information about either event, contact Sibelan Forrester (610-328-8162 or sforres1@swartmore.edu).

Sponsored by the Black Studies Program, the Comparative Literature Program, the Department of History, and the Russian Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Kohlberg
Room: Kohlberg, Scheuer Room
Contact Information:
Name: Sibelan Forrester
Phone: x8162
Email: sforres1@swarthmore.edu
Event Sponsors
Black Studies, Comparative Literature, History & Modern Languages & Literatures
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The Public

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