Fragility and Resilience in Twenty-First Century Culture

Since at least the late 2000s, the twin discourses of fragility and resilience have begun to dominate a range of social and political debates. Scholars and critics working on contemporary social issues, ranging from education to ecology, health, gender, sexuality, race, labor, and refuge, have increasingly foregrounded these approaches. At the same time, these ideas have permeated right across the cultural landscape, and recent years have seen a sharp rise in artistic forms that speak the language of fragility and resilience. This eight-week course will survey a wealth of material, including novels, poetry, films, artworks, photography and video games, among other works of popular culture. Putting these artistic expressions into contact with philosophical debate, the course will allow us to come to a new understanding of these ideas in their current context.

Anne Mulhall:

In 2016-2017 Anne Mulhall was Artemis A.W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Literature at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. She completed a PhD in Comparative Literature (Cultural and Critical Theory focus) at King's College London in December 2015. She has an MA in Comparative Literature from New York University and an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin, where she also completed her BA in English and Philosophy. Her current work addresses a series of questions surrounding the culture of information, work, and human agency in contemporary European and US thought.