Theorizing @ Penn


An experimental forum for thinking through literature, philosophy, and culture beyond disciplinary boundaries.
Founded and organized by students at the University of Pennsylvania since 1996, Theorizing is a non-profit lecture series. The program is coordinated by graduate students in the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory.

Our coordinators for 2014-2015 are Lucas de Lima, Kaushik Ramu, and Raquel Salas-Rivera.

Our series is made possible by the generous support of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and our many generous departmental and institutional co-sponsors.
2014: archived

Avram Alpert

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.

2014: archived

Eric Hayot

Friday, September 26 @ 1pm
Lunch to be served at 12:30pm Cherpack Lounge
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).

2014: archived


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.

Eric Hayot

Friday, Sept 26

Yi-Ping Ong

Tuesday, Nov 25

Avram Alpert

Thursday, Dec 4

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