Radical Kindness: Posthumanist Ethics in the Short Fiction of George Saunders
A Humanities project
I am in the third and final year of my Ph.D. My thesis uses groundbreaking posthumanist theory, with an emphasis on nonhuman animals, to examine ethics in the writing of contemporary American author George Saunders. By focusing on Saunders’ ethical scenarios, I demonstrate how posthumanist theory works and how we can think in ways that depart from historically anthropocentric thought.
|Academic Institution:||Universitat Pompeu Fabra|
|Course:||Ph.D. in Humanities, 2017-2018|
What is your motivation for doing a PhD?
I returned to school so that I could secure a better job after graduating. Also, my thesis is directly related to how we treat animals, something which is important to me. I want to be able to teach others the importance of this as well.
Why did you choose your research topic/title
Beyond Humanism Conference, 2017: delivering lecture at annual conference in Rome English Mentoring Grant, 2017: mentored undergraduates in English
What difference will this research make in your life and the lives of others?
I am the first to write a Ph.D. thesis concerning solely the work of George Saunders, a contemporary American author who is considered one of the best, if not the best, American writers working today. Furthermore, my thesis specifically addresses ethics relating to nonhuman animals through posthumanist theory, drawing on the ideas of Derrida, Donna Haraway, and Cary Wolfe, among others. My work is interdisciplinary, and requires research in literature, philosophy, and science. I believe the work is important for helping others understand how we relate to nonhuman beings and will demonstrate the need for more interdisciplinary research, in order to move past anthropocentrism.