Guest Lecture: "Justice in Utopia"

Tuesday, 16. July 2019
18:30 – 20:00

A 701


Douglas Mao

In this talk, Professor Douglas Mao will examine a range of writings, from Plato and Thomas More through Fredric Jameson and contemporary novelists, to explore how ideals of justice impel utopian thinking. The ideas under discussion come from Professor Mao‘s forthcoming book on Utopia. Examining utopian writings and other texts pertaining to ideal societies from Greek antiquity to the present, Mao’s forthcoming work offers new perspectives on the fundamentals of utopian thinking, and will be the first book to consider utopia in relation to ideas of justice, and the first to examine utopian imagining in relation to human migration across national boundaries.

Douglas Mao is Russ Family Professor in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. He received his PhD from Yale University and taught in the English departments at Princeton, Harvard, and Cornell before coming to Johns Hopkins in 2007. A specialist in modernist fiction and poetry, he is the author of Solid Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production (Princeton, 1998) and Fateful Beauty: Aesthetic Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature 1860-1960 (Princeton, 2008). He is also the co-editor, with Rebecca Walkowitz, of Bad Modernisms (Duke, 2006). Professor Mao has been president of the Modernist Studies Association and held a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He currently serves as Series Editor of Hopkins Studies in Modernism, as Senior Editor of ELH, and as a member of the editorial boards of Textual Practice, Modernism/modernity, English: the Journal of the English Association, and The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies.