Department of English

University of Toronto

Book Launch: Epidemic Empire: Pandemic Implications

Event date: Friday, February 26, 2021, at 5:30 PM
Location: ZOOM

Please join the English Department and Another Story Bookstore for a virtual launch of Professor Anjuli Raza Kolb's new book Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion and Terror 1817-2020 (University of Chicago Press) on Friday, February 26th at 5:30 EST. Professor Raza Kolb will be in conversation with Professor Alan Bewell and there will be ample time for discussion with attendees. 

Anjuli Raza Kolb is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where she teaches colonial and postcolonial literature and theory with particular research interests in the history of science and intellectual history, poetry and poetics, gender and sexuality studies, political theory and independence movements, the gothic and horror, and comparative literary studies. Her book Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020 (University of Chicago Press) lays out the literary and discursive history behind the ubiquitous figure of the "terrorism epidemic." Anjuli was the inaugural Edward W. Said Fellow at Columbia University in 2017, and her poems, translations, essays, and other writings have appeared and are forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Discourse, FENCE, Critical Quarterly, The Boston Review, Peach Magazine, Reality Beach, Public Books, Victorian Studies, Triple Canopy, Guernica, and more. 

Alan Bewell is Professor of English at the University of Toronto. His primary teaching and research field is British Romanticism, with additional interest in Literature and Colonialism; Postcolonial Theory; Ecology and Environmental History; and Science, Medicine, and Literature. Much of his recent work has been focused on the manner in which the ecological impact of British colonialism upon global natures is reflected upon late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature. In Romanticism and Colonial Disease (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), he examined the impact of the global spread of colonial diseases upon British literature between 1780 and 1850. He also edited Medicine and the West Indian Slave Trade (Pickering and Chatto, 1999), which provides primary materials on medicine and slavery during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Professor Bewell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of the Northrop Frye Award at the University of Toronto for excellence in teaching and research. His essay, "Keats's ‘Realm of Flora,'" received the Keats-Shelley Association Prize in 1992. He currently serves on a number of editorial boards, among these Studies in RomanticismNineteenth-Century Literature, and the Palgrave series, The Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the Cultures of Print

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