The Speculative Situation
- Matthew Kirschenbaum (see profile)
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- Cultural studies, Digital media, Environmental humanities, Philosophy, Speculative fiction
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- feminist technoscience, Futurism, media archaeology, new materialism, speculative realism
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- Syllabus for ENGL 758D, The Speculative Situation, graduate seminar in the University of Maryland English department, Fall 2017.
- For more than a generation now, literary and cultural studies have operated amid the horizon of a historical turn—a sweeping deference to the almost palpable specificity of an acknowledged past, this deference governing projects across all major genres and periods. Increasingly, however, we see signs of what a 2011 volume of Continental philosophy named the speculative turn—or better, perhaps, acknowledging the Latin root speculat- (“to observe from a vantage point”), a speculative situation.
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