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Graduate School Public Lectures

From event to node: How ‘future narratives’ impact the way we imagine and shape the future

Tues. Feb. 24, 2015      6:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 120, UW Campus


The art of storytelling has long relied on narrative as little more than the description of a straight line. But in recent history, multilinear future narratives — stories that unfold through a range of flexible potentialities and multiple continuations — have emerged as a powerful means to shape narratives in print, film, video games, scientific prediction models and more. In this lecture, Christoph Bode’s unified theory of future narratives illuminates the poetics and possibilities inherent to this burgeoning approach to storytelling, and identifies its historical evolution and context in our culture’s arts and media.

Christoph Bode is professor and chair of modern English literature at LMU Munich. He has published 24 books (16 monographs, 8 collections) and dozens of scholarly articles, mostly on Romanticism, Narratology, Critical Theory, Aesthetics, Travel Writing and 20th century Literature. His latest monographs in English are The Novel: An Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and Future Narratives: Theory, Poetics, and Media-Historical Moment (together with Rainer Diedrich, De Gruyter, 2013).

Exploring an array of topics and themes, the 2015 Winter Graduate School Public Lectures reimagine the way we tell stories and create art, as well as how we define our communities and our place in the universe. From city planning to literature, extraterrestrial intelligence to dance, these lectures examine the issues of our day with an eye toward redefining our future.

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