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Douglas Coupland and the Art of the ‘Extreme Present’

Virtual conference – 23-24 April 2021

Douglas Coupland’s oeuvre is inherently concerned with what it means to be living in our ‘extreme present’. Marking the 30th anniversary of the publication of Coupland’s first novel, Generation X, this virtual international conference – the first on Coupland’s work – seeks to explore the richness of Coupland’s engagement with contemporary life across writings and visual culture.

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Thirty Years of Generation X – Publication in ASAP/J

Conference organisers Diletta De Cristofaro, Mary McCampbell, and Andrew Tate came together with keynote speaker Shumon Basar and artist Makoto Fujimura to celebrate the 2021 30-year anniversary of Douglas Coupland’s contemporary literary classic, Generation X (1991). Each panelist contributed a short essay on Generation X and the ‘extreme present’ (Shumon Basar), irony (Mary McCampbell), work and futurity (Diletta De Cristofaro), the role of narrative … Continue reading Thirty Years of Generation X – Publication in ASAP/J


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