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Tuesday, 29 December

412. Postapocalyptic Utopias and Dystopias

10:15–11:30 a.m., Grand Ballroom Salon L, Philadelphia Marriott

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic Literature

Presiding: Dale Knickerbocker, East Carolina Univ.

1. “Middle Apocalypse: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road,” Rebekah Sheldon, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York

2. “Bios as Eschatos: Octavia Butler’s Darwinian Utopia,” Adam Johns, Univ. of Pittsburgh

3. “Homo Ethicalis: Evolution as Apocalypse in Bernard Malamud’s God’s Grace,” Deborah Bailin, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

4. “Severing the Heads of Decrepit Stereotypes: The Black Superwoman in the Land of Zombies,” Kinitra Brooks, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio

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