Talk/Cairo: The Breaking Up of the Past

In Cairo, Cartwright and Jordan contrast the Southern Illinois town’s once prosperous past to its largely abandoned and derelict present – referencing themes of human exploration, species extinction, and economic rise and fall. In this talk, Devin Zuber, Assistant Professor at the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Osnabrück, reflects on how the artists’ trilogy engages with aspects of American social, cultural, economic and political history.