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Tate to Present Lecture Tuesday



On Tuesday, April 18, Lee University will welcome Dr. Andrew Tate, Reader in Religion, Literature, and Aesthetics at Lancaster University, to present a lecture titled “Dreams of the ‘Ruined’ Future: Twenty-First-Century Apocalyptic Fiction.” The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Lecture Hall, located in Lee’s Humanities Building.

Visions of the end of the world haunt popular culture. Does the commonplace, even clichéd, 21st century label, apocalyptic fiction, connect with biblical ideas of prophecy, renewal, and hope? In his talk, Tate will explore catastrophe, survival, and storytelling in fiction and film with particular reference to authors including Margaret Atwood, Cormac McCarthy, and Douglas Coupland.

Tate to Lecture
Dr. Andrew Tate


Tate’s two primary historical interests include 19th century writing and its relationship with theological debates, and contemporary fiction in relation to the sacred. His lecture will draw primarily from his most recent book, “Apocalyptic Fiction,” as well as from his extensive work on Coupland.

Two other of Tate’s books, “Contemporary Fiction and Christianity” and “The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic After 9/11,” which was co-authored with Arthur Bradley, focus on late 20th century and early 21st century narratives. Additionally, Tate has edited a special double issue of the Yearbook of English Studies on religion and literature and co-edited “Literature and the Bible: A Reader.” Other publications include “Douglas Coupland” and “Spiritual Identities: Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination,” which was edited with Jo Carruthers.

Hosted by the Humanities faculty, the event is part of the Lee University Arts and Culture Series, which intends to facilitate a conversation between artists, thinkers, and students about the complex relationship between art and faith.

The event is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Mary McCampbell at (423) 614-8353 or email mmccampbell@leeuniversity.edu.
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