Thursday, Dec 4 @ 6pm
816 Williams Hall
Unbearable Identities: Essaying the Globe from Montaigne to Suzuki
For a variety of modern writers, the national-theoretical framework became "unbearable". In turn, the new ways of life they developed were unbearable as well, because the task of thinking the global exceeds both rationality and mysticism.
Avram Alpert is a Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of English and Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University.
Friday, September 26 @ 1pm
Lunch to be served at 12:30pm
543 Williams Hall
What Happens to Literature
if People Are Artworks?
In Kant, 'art' and 'persons' are self-sufficient ends; their inner dignity explains humanist resistance to large-scale analysis. This talk illuminates and undermines the "idiographic prejudice" of such resistance.
Eric Hayot is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies at Penn State University. He is the author of Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel Quel (2004), The Hypothetical Mandarin (2009), Sinographies: Writing China (co-edited, 2007), On Literary Worlds (2012), and The Elements of Academic Style (2014).
Tuesday, Nov 25
The Limits of Ethical Criticism:
J. M. Coetzee's The Lives of Animals
Yi-Ping Ong is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.
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Program in Comparative Literature
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania