Sunday, September 12, 2010

Todd Kuchta to Lecture on British Literature and Empire (Thursday, September 16, 7 pm)

On Thursday, September 16, Professor TODD KUCHTA of the WMU English Department will deliver the Fall 2010 keynote lecture in the department’s Scholarly Speakers Series. This free public event will take place at 7 pm in Brown 3025.

Dr. Kuchta will discuss his recently published book, Semi-Detached Empire: Suburbia and the Colonization of Britain, 1880 to the Present (University of Virginia Press, 2010). His work draws on postcolonial theory, urban studies, and architectural scholarship to examine the relation between suburbia and imperialism in fiction by H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, E. M. Forster, George Orwell, and Hanif Kureishi.

Dr. Kuchta specializes in late Victorian and modern British literature and culture, as well as postcolonial studies. He also serves as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Currently, Dr. Kuchta is researching terrorism in modern British, postcolonial, and contemporary fiction.

For more information about this or other Scholarly Speakers Series events, please contact Dr. Anthony Ellis of the English Department at (269) 387-2606 or

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