Los Alamos Historical Society Presents Remote Lecture Feb. 8 On Los Alamos In Fiction, Drama, Poetry And On Screen

British scholar Daniel Cordle will present his research on Literary Los Alamos: The Manhattan Project In Fiction, Drama, Poetry and On Screen Feb. 8. Photo Courtesy LAHS


Join the Los Alamos Historical Society for a remote lecture via Zoom on Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. British scholar Daniel Cordle will be presenting live to Los Alamos (from across the ocean) to share his research on “Literary Los Alamos: The Manhattan Project in Fiction, Drama, Poetry, and on Screen.”

As well as being the subject of numerous histories, the development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos has also fascinated writers and filmmakers, featuring in thrillers, literary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, young adult literature, poetry, plays, films, and television dramas—and, interest is increasing. More and more Los Alamos literature is being written and produced in the 21st century. This talk introduces that rich literary and cultural history. It asks why writers and other creative people continue to return to the Los Alamos of the 1940s, how they tell (sometimes change) the story of the beginning of the atomic age and what literary treatments bring to readers that more conventional historical approaches might miss. How, the talk asks, do these nuclear origin stories explore human experience on the cusp of the atomic age?

Dr. Daniel Cordle is Associate Professor in English and American Literature at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. He works broadly on 20th and 21st century literature, but his research focuses particularly on nuclear literature and cultural responses to the atomic age. He has published extensively on nuclear literature and on the relations between literature and science. His books include States of Suspense: The Nuclear Age, Postmodernism and United States Fiction and Prose (Manchester University Press, 2008) and Late Cold War Literature and Culture: The Nuclear 1980s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). He is currently working on a book about literary and other creative representations of the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos.

Visit Mesa Public Library in February to view a display featuring Los Alamos in fiction: graphic novels, movies, poetry, and novels. You may even check them out!

The Los Alamos Historical Society lecture series continues at 7 p.m. on March 8 with a lecture from Loretta Hall on “Women in Space History: Examples from New Mexico.” Find details at http://www.losalamoshistory.org/events.

The lecture series is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Robin and Richard McLean.

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