Viral Modernism: Pandemics in Art and Literature - Virtual Event - Oklahoma Center for the Humanities

Viral Modernism: Pandemics in Art and Literature — Virtual Event

THURSDAY, February 18, 2021 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM

This FREE event will be hosted on Zoom. Register Here

Elizabeth Outka is the author of Viral Modernism, a work about literary and artistic responses to the Spanish Flu Pandemic and the ways in which it shaped modern culture. She’ll discuss pandemics featured in art and literature, connecting 1916 to 2020 and beyond.


About Elizabeth Outka:

Professor Outka’s research focuses on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and culture. Her latest book, Viral Modernism: The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature(Columbia UP 2019), investigates how one of the deadliest plagues in history—the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic—silently reshaped the modernist era, infusing everything from T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, to the emergence of viral zombies, to the popularity of séances. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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