Louisiana State University

LSU Science Café: Map Panic—Cartographic Anxiety in the Renaissance and Today

Early maps both fascinated and frightened people. In sixteenth-century Britain, cartographic materials went from rarity to household decor within a single lifetime, but also provoked suspicion, unease, and outright hostility. Join Chris Barrett, associate professor of English and author of Early Modern English Literature and the Poetics of Cartographic Anxiety, as she outlines the main reasons for Renaissance (as well as recent) “map panic.”

Chris Barrett joined the faculty at LSU in 2012 after completing her doctoral degree in English at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests include early modern English literature, especially Spenser and Milton; lyric and epic poetry; critical animal studies and ecocriticism; and geocritical approaches to literature. She is the author of articles and essays on Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton, and her research has been supported by the Council on Research, the Newberry Library, the Folger Library, and Dumbarton Oaks Museum & Collection.

LSU Science Café is sponsored by the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development and usually held on the last Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 5 p.m. for networking and light refreshments, and the talk starts at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Varsity Theatre
3353 Highland Road

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