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Elizabeth Chang, "Exchanging Natures: Plants, Novels and Nations in Nineteenth-Century Britain"

**This event was rescheduled from Thursday, 2/6**
You are warmly invited to join 
the Nineteenth-Century Forum and the Reorientations Interdisciplinary Workshop for 
"Exchanging Natures: 
Plants, Novels and Nations in Nineteenth-Century Britain"
a lecture by
Professor Elizabeth Chang
Associate Professor of English Literature, University of Missouri
Thursday, March 13
4 pm 
3222 Angell Hall
Abstract for Lecture: What does it mean to the nineteenth-century reader of popular fiction when novels contain plants? What does it mean to the nineteenth-century garden when plants grow beyond the boundaries of the native and the natural? And what does it mean to ask these two questions in conjunction with each other? This talk will address the borders and overlaps between ideas of personal, narrative, and organic cultivation in the context of transnational nineteenth-century literature. 
Speaker Bio: Elizabeth Chang is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Missouri. She focuses in her research and teaching on the literature and visual culture of nineteenth-century Britain, with a particular emphasis on the cultural productions of the British empire during the Victorian era. Her monograph Britain's Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire and Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century traces the cultural influences of Chinese places, things, and people, real and imagined, on the development of a modern British literary and visual culture in the nineteenth century. She is also the editor of a five-volume collection of nineteenth-century British travel writing from China. Currently she is at work on a project linking nineteenth-century urban gardens and gardening practices in Britain to the circulations of imperial commodities.
The Nineteenth-Century Forum is an interdisciplinary group for faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan through the Rackham Graduate School. For more information on the Nineteenth-Century Forum, please contact Christie Allen (crisanne@umich.edu) or see our website: www.umich.edu/~ncf/
Reorientations is an interdisciplinary group working towards building the scale and quality of reorientational studies, which is not the rewriting but the rethinking of dominant historical doxa along a global, transnational and transpacific axis. To join the Reorientations mailing list, or for more information about Reorientations events, contact Alice Tsay (atsay@umich.edu).
Upcoming Winter 2014 Reorientations Events*
February 18, 4pm: Chapter workshop with Andrew Cavin, UM History PhD Candidate
  • The chapter argues that primitivism constitutes a fundamental discourse of alterity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which is most palpable in the critique of modernity (e.g. "disenchantment" narratives). Contact ecmcadams@umich.edu for more information. 
March 21-22: Sponsored panel at NCF/ECSG Graduate Student Conference (details forthcoming). Contact aranruth@umich.edu or adsneed@umich.edu for more information. 
March 31-April 2: Visit by Guest Speaker by Robert Bickers, University of Bristol
  • March 31, 4pm: Methodological Conversation between Robert Bickers and Scotti Parrish
  • April 1, 4pm: Lecture: "World in Motion: Professional Performance Circuits through Nineteenth-Century China"
  • April 2, noon: Digital Archives Talk on Historical Photographs of China and Visualising China (co-sponsored by the Visual Cultures Workshop)
Upcoming Winter 2014 NCF Events*
February 27, 4pm: Discussion with Leela Gandhi, University of Chicago, Chapter from Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy
March 21-22: ECSG/NCF Graduate Student Conference, "The Economy of Scales"
April 9: Chapter Workshop with Andrew Cavin, UM History PhD Candidate
April 11-13: Co-sponsoring Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference, "Victorian Violence," at the University of Michigan
*Please contact Alice Tsay (atsay@umich.edu) for more information about Reorientations events. Please contact Christie Allen (crisanne@umich.edu) for more information about NCF events.
Start Time: 3/13/2014  4:00 PM
Location: To Be Determined
Contact: atsay@umich.edu
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