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Teresa Mangum of the University of Iowa will deliver the 2016-2017 Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture at Arizona State University.
In this talk, Mangum will discuss how from the early chapters of Genesis to last week's Youtube videos, we adamantly imagine cross-species affection. These interspecies memes illuminate how shifting fantasies of hierarchy, agency, and attachment made the survival of nonhuman species so precarious. At the same time, subtle changes in the representations of interspecies over time offer hope that animals and animal studies might be homed within the larger networks and long view of environmental cultural studies to the benefit of human and nonhuman animals alike.
A professor in gender, women's, and sexuality studies, Teresa Mangum directs the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Married, Middle-brow, and Militant: Sarah Grand and the New Woman Novel (1998); editor of A Cultural History of Women: Volume 5: The Age of Empire, 1800-1920 (2013); and guest editor of special issues of Philological Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Victorian Periodicals Review, and the Journal of Aging Studies.
With Anne Valk of Brown University, she co-edits the book series Humanities and Public Life for the University of Iowa Press. As well as exploring the ways that nineteenth-century British novels shaped readers' understanding of women, of late life, and of connections between humans and other animals, she also publishes on current issues: publicly engaged pedagogy, the place of service in an academic career, and graduate student placement.
2015-2016: Alexander Regier [VIDEO] | April 28, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Blake, Hamann, and the Polyglot Moravians: Unexpected Connections in 1750s London"
2014-2015: Pamela K. Gilbert [VIDEO] | April 14, 2015 @ 5:30 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "'A Mild Erection of the Head': The Meaning of the Blush in Nineteenth-Century Britain"
2012-2013: Regenia Gagnier [VIDEO] | April 11, 2013 @ 6 p.m., Memorial Union La Paz Room, ASU Tempe campus. "World Literatures and What It Means to Be Human in the Niche of Nature, Culture, Technology"
2011-2012: Mary Poovey [VIDEO] | April 12, 2012 @ 6 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Risk, Uncertainty, and Data: Managing Risk in Early Twentieth-Century America"
2010-2011: John Kucich [VIDEO] | April 28, 2011 @ 6 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "The Unfinished Historicist Project: In Praise of Suspicion"
2009-2010: No lecture
2007-2008: Catherine Gallagher | September 27, 2007 @ 6 p.m., University Club (UCLUB), ASU Tempe campus. "Jane Austen and the British Slave Trade: An Imaginary Conversation from Mansfield Park"
2006-2007: No lecture
2005-2006: Jerome McGann [VIDEO] | March 28, 2006 @ 7 p.m., University Club (UCLUB), ASU Tempe campus. "Information Technology and the Troubled Humanities"
2004-2005: Steven Mailloux | October 26, 2004 @ 6:30 p.m., Memorial Union Gold Room (MU 203), ASU Tempe campus. "Thinking with Rhetorical Figures: Racial and Disciplinary Identities in Late Nineteenth-Century America"
2001-2002: Wlad Godzich | October 24, 2001 @ 7 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. fletcherlecture2001.pdf
2000-2001: Mary Louise Pratt [VIDEO] | February 21, 2001. "Modernity and Globality or What Brought the Virgin of Zapopan to Los Angeles?"
1999-2000: Louise Rosenblatt | October 27, 1999 @ 7 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus.
Ian Fletcher was a much-beloved Victorianist, a specialist in the literature of the 1890s, who spent the final six years of his career at Arizona State University during the 1980s. A remarkably productive scholar much appreciated for his edition of Lionel Johnson's poems, his much-quoted guide to Walter Pater, and his late study of Aubrey Beardsley published in 1987, Ian produced a host of books and articles that have been read and re-read many times in the past 40 years. In fact, his Collected Poems were published in 1998: ten years after his unfortunate death. This lectureship honors his memory and his importance in the field of Victorian Studies.
Associate Professor, Department of English