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Esther Birney Lecture: Morgan Young – The Ground of Radical Fantasy

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 10:30 AM until 12:00 PM
Halpern Room

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Morgan Young – “The Ground of Radical Fantasy: Imagining a Critical Theory of Fantastic Literature”

To what extent can fantasy offer a radical critique of society? What does it take to imagine genuine alternate possibilities in modernity, while we remain under the hegemony of technocratic rationalization? This is not simply a question of what we think; it is a question of how we think, and in that context, fantasy may offer surprising insights. Ideas for a critical theory of fantasy should be concerned with how we imagine and how we can re-imagine ourselves in the world, constituting an approach toward possibility and potentiality. This thesis argues that radical fantasy is a way of looking to the past, to the margins of society, and to the human imaginative capacity to conceive of that which is not possible under the horizon of late capitalism.

Morgan Young
 is managing editor of Contours, the journal of the Institute for the Humanities at SFU. She recently earned her MA in the humanities at SFU. Her thesis focused on developing a critical theory of fantasy as a part of a broader category of theory for radical speculative fiction. She is interested in the utopian dimension of the Frankfurt School and the romantic critique of capitalism.

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