Adele Guyton (KU Leuven)


Adele Guyton is a PhD researcher at KU Leuven’s MDRN lab. She works on late 19th and early 20th century German and British popular periodicals and the relationship between their fictions and contemporary astronomical science. Her research interests include periodical studies, alternate histories and fan fiction.

“Resource Extraction in Space, 1890-1950, and Today: Stories Repeating Themselves”

In a literal response to the word “space” and a conceptual challenge to the boundaries of modernism, Adele Guyton’s paper discusses popular fictions from the period that thematise astronomy; in so doing, she proposes that such fictions are essential for understanding the discourse of outer space colonisation today and thus also a significant legacy of the modernist period.