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Lecture to highlight British literature and empire

Sept. 1, 2010

KALAMAZOO--British culture is the topic of a free lecture Thursday, Sept. 16, on the campus of Western Michigan University. Dr. Todd Kuchta, professor of English, will deliver the keynote lecture for the department's fall Scholarly Speaker Series at 7 p.m. in Room 3025 of Brown Hall.

Semi-Detached Empire book cover.He will discuss his recently published book, "Semi-Detached Empire: Suburbia and the Colonization of Britain" (University of Virginia Press, 2010). His work draws on postcolonial theory, urban studies and architectural scholarship to examine the relationship between suburbia and imperialism in fiction by H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, E. M. Forster, George Orwell and Hanif Kureishi.

A specialist in late Victorian and modern British literature, culture and postcolonial studies, Kuchta is the department's director of graduate studies. He has published articles and book reviews and is researching terrorism in modern British, postcolonial and contemporary fiction.

For more information about this or other Scholarly Speakers Series events, contact Dr. Anthony Ellis, Department of English, at anthony.ellis@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2606.

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