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NYU Poetics and Theory Conference THIS SATURDAY

We are pleased to invite you to Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction, a Poetics and Theory/Comparative Literature Workshop sponsored by the Humanities Initiative. Time: Saturday, March 3rd, 10:30AM-5:00PM. Place: the Great Room, 19 University Place, New York University.

10:30 Opening Remarks

Lauren Shizuko Stone, Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Barbara Natalie Nagel

Paul Fleming (Cornell), Coquetry without End: Six Theses on Flirtation (Simmel)
Respondent: Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz (NYU)

John Hamilton (Harvard), The Luxury of Self-Destruction: Flirting with Mimesis with Roger Caillois
Respondent: Sage Anderson (NYU)

12:15-1:30 Lunch

Rüdiger Campe (Yale), Rhetoric’s Flirtation with Literature, from Aristotle to Quintilian: the Epideictic Genre
Respondent: Arne Höcker (NYU)

Elisabeth Strowick (Johns Hopkins), Life is a Flirtation: Felix Krull (T. Mann)
Respondent: Lauren Shizuko Stone (NYU)

3:00-3:30 Coffee break

Jacques Lezra (NYU), Doing it as the Beasts Do (Jensen, Freud)
Respondent: Barbara Natalie Nagel (NYU)

Barbara Vinken (LMU/NYU), Frill and Flirtation. Femininity in the Public Space
Respondent: Erica Weitzman (NYU)

New Summer Crosslists with English

Dear Students:

Draper is happy to confirm three new crosslisted courses with the English department during the summer 2012 semester. The course information and descriptions are below.
Please remember that Draper does not have formal advising for the summer semester, nor access codes for our summer course offerings. You can register directly on Albert for any of the classes below. Contact Robert Dimit directly (robert[dot]dimit@nyu[dot]edu) with any concerns about summer registration.
Session One: May 21 – June 29, 2012
  1. DRAP-GA.2197: Topics in Modern Literature and Culture: New York in the Age of Warhol
    • Tuesday / Thursday, 4:30 – 6:30 PM — Prof. Bryan Waterman
  2. DRAP-GA.2953: Major Texts in Critical Theory: On Words and Things
    • Monday / Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 PM — Prof. Shireen Patell
Session Two: July 2 – August 10, 2012
  1. DRAP-GA.2905: Topics in Postcolonial Literature: The Novel and (in) the World
    • Tuesday / Thursday, 4:00 – 6:00 PM — Prof. Toral Gajarawala

Call for Objects: Lucrece Project, NYU English

Call For Objects!

The Object Ethnography Project investigates how objects accumulate stories as they move from one life to another. We are looking for donations of objects—any kind of object—and the stories that come with them. Members of the public are invited to take these objects in exchange for a new story about them starting March 15th, 2012. The final online exhibit will include a photograph of theobject, its original story, and its adoption story. Examples here: http://objectethnography.wordpress.com/

We are now seeking objects! If you have an item with a story, from a sentimental oven mitt to a first generation iPod, and you would like to donate to this project, please mail it and its story to:

Lucrece Project
Att: Object Ethnography Project
NYU English Department
19 University Place, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Stories can be handwritten, typed, or emailed (to max.liboron at nyu.edu). They can be any length, format, or language. All objects must include a story.

You can also hand-deliver objects and stories to Max Liboiron, Marisa Solomon, or Vincent Lai within New York City.

We are accepting objects until March 31st, 2012.

If your object is broken, members of the Fixers Collective have generously offered fix-it workshops on February 23rd, March 8th and March 22nd, 2012 at New York University’s Kimmel Center, Room 901, 7-10 pm. If you would like to join a Fixers Collective workshop to fix any item, whether it is donated, adopted, or otherwise, please contact Vincent Lai (Vincent at fixerscollective.org).

Open English Courses of Potential Interest

The following English classes have room and are open/welcoming to Draper students. Please contact the department if you’re interested in registering.

Professor Carolyn Dinshaw

This course has twin objectives, one building on the other:
First, it will explore the emerging field of ecocriticism by reading works of philosophy, history, political theory, environmental studies, cultural studies, and literary criticism and theory. Readings will include works by Martin Heidegger, Raymond Williams, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Timothy Morton, Bruno Latour, Jane Bennett, Arne Naess, Cary Wolfe, and Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erickson.
Second, it will consider some (mostly late) medieval English texts with an eye focused by this ecocritical reading. In the medieval texts we will necessarily engage some conventional topoi (the goddess Natura, the Former Age, earthly paradise, New Jerusalem, etc.), discover modes of interdependence between the human and the non-human, and consider hybrid forms of life. Readings will include De Planctu Natura (The Complaint of Nature), The Book of John Mandeville, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and the Parliament of Fowls.

Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment in Britain
Visiting Professor Henry Abelove

In this course we will focus on a set of closely related British non-fiction prose works of the middle to late eighteenth century, especially as they treat empire, sexuality, and religiosity. Our approach will include both formal and historical analysis. Several short papers will be required; a research paper will be optional. Principal readings will be drawn from David Hume’s ethical writings, Jonathan Swift’s writings on British imperialism in Ireland, Samuel Johnson’s Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, James Boswell’s London Journal, Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, John Wesley’s Sermons and Journals, and Edmund Burke’s Letter to a Noble Lord and his parliamentary speeches on British imperialism in India. Class meetings will be discussion-based.
Students will be expected to acquire these four paperback books: Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and Journal of A Tour to the Hebrides, ed. Peter Levi, Penguin English Classics; Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ed. Womersley, Penguin Classics; James Boswell, Boswell’s London Journal, 1762-1763, ed. Pottle, Yale University Press; Edmund Burke, On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Edmund Burke’s Speeches and Letters, ed. Bromwich, Yale University Press.

Two American Lit and Culture Talks at NYU Tomorrow

The New York University

Colloquium in American Literature and Culture


Reading the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine: American Literature and Culture, 1870-1893

A talk by Professor Mark Noonan of New York City College of Technology (CUNY)


The New York World, The Cosmopolitan, and the Race to Write the World American

A talk by Professor Kevin Riordan of NYU Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, November 29

13-19 University Place, Great Room

New York University

6:00 p.m.

All are welcome!

Refreshments will be served.