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Comp Lit Major’s Choice lecture with POET Ariana Reines – NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 29

Dear Students and Faculty,

You are invited to the Comp Lit Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture with Ariana Reines! This is part of the annual Major’s Choice lecture series organized by Comp Lit undergrads.


Comp Lit Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture with Ariana Reines 

Monday, 4/29/2013
6pm to 8pm 
5 Washington Place 
Room 101

The Comp Lit Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture is an annual event open to the public organized by Comp Lit students–presenting topics in literature, critical theory, philosophy, and writing. Previous speakers include Judith Butler, Laurence Rickels, and Gayatri Spivak.


About Ariana Reines: (from poetryfoundation.org)

Born in Salem, Massachusetts, poet, playwright, and translator Ariana Reines earned a BA from Barnard College, and completed graduate work at both Columbia University and the European Graduate School, where she studied literature, performance, and philosophy. Her books of poetry include The Cow (2006), which won the Alberta Prize from Fence Books; Coeur de Lion (2007); and Mercury (2011). Her poems have been anthologized in Against Expression (2011) and Gurlesque (2010). Known for her interest in bodily experience, the occult, new media, and the possibilities of the long or book-length form, Reines has been described as “one of the crucial voices of her generation” by Michael Silverblatt on NPR’s Bookworm. At once personal, Romantic, slippery, and extreme, Reines’s poetry investigates and overturns lyric conventions. Of her own work, she admitted in an interview with HTML Giant: “My best writing seems to have to be forced from me by some other force but that force has to be one whose power I agree to serve.”

Reines’s first play Telephone (2009) was performed at the Cherry Lane Theater and received two Obie Awards. A re-imagining of its second act was featured as part of the Guggenheim’s Works+Process series in 2009, and the script was published in Play: A Journal of Plays in 2010. Reines’s translations include a version of Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare (2009); Jean-Luc Hennig’s The Little Black Book of Griselidis Real: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore(2009); and Tiqqun’s Preliminary Materials Toward a Theory of the Young-Girl (2012). 

Reines has taught at Columbia University and the European Graduate School, and was the Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at the University of California-Berkeley in 2009, the youngest poet to ever hold that position. She has traveled to Haiti multiple times as part of the on-going relief efforts there. 

Best Regards,

Tycho Horan, Willis Plummer, and Lindsay Zackeroff

Richard Sieburth Receives Guggenheim Fellowship, 2012

Draper is pleased to congratulate Richard Sieburth, Draper’s master teacher in Literary Cultures, for receiving a 2012 Guggenheim fellowship for translation. He is working on a new edition of Late Baudelaire.

Sieburth, who holds appointments in NYU’s Comparative Literature and French departments, is an accomplished translator, whose previous publications include a dozen translations from the French and German, such as Georg Büchner’s Lenz, Walter Benjamin’s Moscow Diary and Gérard de Nerval’s Selected Writings and The Salt Smugglers, as well as critical volumes in the field of Pound studies. Most recently, he released Ezra Pound, New Selected Poems & Translations through New Directions.
Brooklyn Rail offers an excellent interview with the Guggenheim fellow circa 2010. Read Sieburth’s thoughts on the exact craft of translation and on the role of the author’s ego. http://www.brooklynrail.org/2012/03/books/richard-sieburth-with-adam-fitzgerald

Comp Lit Colloquium: Jay Garcia, 4/27 "Richard Wright’s Comic Corrective"

After an extended hiatus, we are delighted to herald the return of the
Comparative Literature Colloquium series next Friday, April 27.

Associate Professor Jay Garcia, who joined our faculty last fall, will give
a talk entitled:

“Richard Wright’s Comic Corrective”

The talk will be based on an article currently in the works. Please pick up
a copy from the Comp Lit office (in a clearly labeled box behind the front
desk), or email Jay for a digital copy (jg197@nyu.edu).

Friday, April 27
4-6 p.m.
Draper seminar room: 22-24 8th St.

There will be ample time for questions and discussion, fueled as always by
light refreshments.

Hope to see you there!

Spivak Lecture, April 5 @ NYU

You’re cordially invited to the…
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
“Comparative Literature and the Subaltern”
Thursday, APRIL 5th
Silver Center, Room 703  –  6:30-8:30pm

Reminder: On Limits, Grad Conference at NYU: March 22-23

New York University Department of Comparative Literature
Graduate Student Conference—March 22-23, 2012

For the full schedule, see the website, here: http://onlimitsnyu.wordpress.com/schedule/
The concept of the limit figures centrally, yet in different ways, across a wide range of discourses and disciplines. But what precisely constitutes a limit? We propose to examine both different conceptualizations of the limit and whether and how the limit may be productive of its own transgressions, exceptions, and excesses. Further, what tensions arise from understanding limits to be either immanent or transcendent? And how have understandings of the limit changed with the advent and subsequent transformations of modernity?
With this conference, we seek to stage an interdisciplinary engagement with different ways of understanding the limit, in its formal and structural as well as textual and historical manifestations. We thus invite participants to address the question of the limit as it emerges across the spectrum of theoretical discourses as well as social and aesthetic practices. Submissions are encouraged from the literature and language fields and from disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences.
Sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Graduate School of Arts & Science, New York University.