Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Writers of the Anthropocene: 'Gorgeous Pollution'

22 April 2022, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

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Writer Tom McCarthy in conversation with Dr Julia Jordan. This hybrid event is part of the Writers of the Anthropocene series, a collaboration between UCL Anthropocene and IAS.

This event is free.

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IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building
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Writer Tom McCarthy in conversation with Dr Julia Jordan (UCL English Literature).


Tom McCarthy

Author Tom McCarthy’s latest book The Making of Incarnation (2021) centres on the international search for a box missing from the archives of time-and-motion pioneer Lilian Gilbreth. His works include Remainder (2005), Men in Space (2007), C (2010) and Satin Island (2015) and have been translated into more than twenty languages and adapted for cinema, theatre, and radio. His novel, C, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Walter Scott Prize, and the European Literature Prize; his fourth, Satin Island, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Windham-Campbell Literature Prize by Yale University. McCarthy is also the author of the study Tintin and the Secret of Literature, and the essay collection Typewriters, Bombs, and Jellyfish. He lives in Berlin.

Dr Julia Jordan

Dr Julia Jordan is Associate Professor of English Literature. Her research has largely focused on chance, late modernism, the avant garde of the postwar period, and experimental writing more broadly. She is interested in aspects of theological and phenomenological literary criticism and theory, including the work of Jean-Luc Marion, and particularly in the light of the poetry of various writers from Hopkins and Empson to Peter Larkin and R. F. Langley. Her current project, Arborealism, is about the notion of the post-secular pastoral, and how this might be deduced by thinking about the representation of trees in poetry.


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