The University of Iowa

ESG luncheon April 25: Conversations with a Cabbage

April 21st, 2014

The final event in the European Studies Group’s spring Lunch & Talk series will be Friday, April 25, 2014, at noon in 2780 University Capitol Centre featuring Roland Racevskis, professor of French in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He will present "Conversations with a Cabbage: Cyrano de Bergerac's Posthuman Moon." This event is free and open to the public.

This presentation will draw on recent debates in posthumanist thinking to assess Cyrano de Bergerac's strange depictions of human and nonhuman life on the moon, where people walk on all fours. Cyrano himself is mistaken for a female ape as well as an ostrich, and cabbages talk. Racevskis argues that Cyrano goes beyond mere inversions of subject-object relations to question humanity's nascent role as Cartesian masters of Nature. As the Renaissance world of astral influences fades and the new science emerges, Cyrano's fiction provides a crucial glimpse at a posthuman sense of humanity's place, both in the Other World and in our own.

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