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Bridget Sharry presents paper at Madrid conference

Master’s student Bridget Sharry is presenting a paper at the Reading Nature conference, hosted by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, December 14-16 2011. The conference is organized by the Departamento de Filología Inglesa of UCM and the Friends of Thoreau society, and is supported by the British Council. The conference will explore the ways that culture constructs the way we understand nature, with an emphasis on ecocriticism. Bridget’s paper discusses Suzanne Collins’ work The Hunger Games, the conflict rooted in a destructive environmental philosophy, and the way that the false dichotomy between culture and nature placing the protagonist in danger is represented in the target audience’s culture. Her paper will be presented in a panel on Young Adult literature.

“I’m very honored to have the support of the ENVS program, as well as the Donald and Coeta Barker foundation,” Bridget says, “and I am really looking forward to meeting the other scholars at the conference.” Plenary speakers include Bill McKibben, Mario Petrucci, and Paul Waldau.

“I do have to learn more Spanish!” she adds, with a laugh. When not reading (YA fiction or otherwise), she can be usually be found writing about hydraulic fracturing, working on the Ecotone, or spending time in the shared office with other ENVS graduate students.