Shaping the Future: How Feminist Utopian Novels Used New Concepts of Time to Create Better Worlds for Everyone (Public Talk, 19th July)


What does relativity theory have to do with utopia, and why are both featured in Palace Green Library’s current exhibition on time travel literature? Find out at this free public talk on 19th July, starting at 13.00 in Palace Green Library.

In this talk, Sarah Lohmann will investigate how certain novelists of the late 20th century, including Naomi Mitchison, Joanna Russ and Marge Piercy, employed new concepts of time, such as relativity and quantum theory, in their feminist utopian novels in order to push the boundaries of both time travel literature and utopian fiction and thereby imagine a better future for everyone.

Sarah can be heard introducing some of her ideas about feminist utopia in this podcast.

The Time Machines exhibition runs until 3rd September. The exhibition explores how stories can make us into time travellers and includes HG Wells’s original manuscript for The Time Machine.

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