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A Woman of Many Masks: Alice Sheldon as Climate-Fiction Pioneer and Anthropocene Prophet

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 4:30

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019. 4:30PM. A Woman of Many Masks. Iaian McCalman, University of Sydney. Sponsored by Princeton Environmental Institute. More information here


McCalman will examine the work of Sheldon, who wrote popular science fiction under the name James Tiptree Jr. for a decade before her identity was revealed. Sheldon was fiercely anti-patriarchal as Tiptree, a big-game hunter and CIA operative who often wrote of women inheriting a decimated planet. McCalman will reframe Sheldon’s work as equally deserving of recognition as a passionate and pioneering oeuvre of science-fiction environmentalism that depicted disastrous climate scenarios long before they became fixtures of public discourse.

Location   East Pyne, Room 111, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.