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Metafiction in Postmodern American Literature and Popular Culture

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START DATE 13 March 2018
START TIME 12:00pm

BGO9B (Building 9)
Middlesex University
The Burroughs

END DATE 13 March 2018
END TIME 02:00pm

We are delighted to host Dr Aleksandra Vukotić, University of Belgrade (Faculty of Philology) for an Erasmus+ teaching visit between March 12th and 16th, 2018. She will give two transdisciplinary interactive seminars, in the domain of media, cultural, literary and film studies, with the overarching title ‘Whoever controls your eyeballs runs the world : A "Paranoid" Reading of Media.’

In this session, Aleksandra will explore the reasons why metafiction became immensely popular in the 2nd half of the 20th century, especially in the 60s in the U.S. Through numerous examples from the U.S. fiction and popular culture (from ‘Pulp Fiction’ to the latest season of ‘Twin Peaks’) she will discuss why we cannot dismiss metafiction as ‘a thing of the past’ and why metafictional strategies still have the capacity to inspire us to think critically about today’s world.

Aleksandra Vukotić is a lecturer at the English Department of the University of Belgrade. She holds a PhD in American literature, and she is currently preparing a manuscript which follows the development of historical consciousness in the novels of Don DeLillo. Aleksandra is also a freelance translator and member of the editorial board of the BELLS Journal published by the University of Belgrade. Her interests include, among other, contemporary American literature, cultural studies, selected problems of literary theory, literary and visual studies.

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