Denison Professor's New Novel Explores the Future
Date of Event: November 20, 2009
Posted: November 20, 2009
Kirk Combe, professor of English at Denison University, has written a new book “2084,” which explores a view of the world 75 years from now.
“The book is a work of sociological and literary science fiction,” says Combe. “2084” plays off of George Orwell’s “1984,” but with some important differences. Where Orwell predicted communist dictatorships as the future political threat to humanity, I envision that menace to be corporate capitalism.” Combe continues, “While my story has elements of science fiction, thriller and even spy intrigue, at its heart the novel is literary fiction and dark satire dealing with the political, economic and ecological predicaments facing the new century.”
Combe teaches literature, critical theory and writing at Denison University. He has published “A Martyr for Sin: Rochester’s Critique of Polity, Sexuality, and Society” and co-edited “Theorizing Satire: Essays in Literary Criticism.” Combe received his Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College (North Carolina) and his Master of Arts from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College. He completed his doctorate in literature at Oxford University, England. He has taught at universities in both Europe and the United States. Combe also spent several years playing professional basketball in Switzerland and Germany.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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