Tag Archives: Literary Cultures

American Literature & Culture: 10/25 Colloquium

The New York University

Colloquium in American Literature and Culture


Ahab’s Wife and Lear’s Fool: Contemporary Publishing and the Symbolic Capital of the Canon

A talk by Jeremy Rosen of the University of Chicago

Objectifying the Word: Religious Education and Material Culture in Nineteenth-Century Sunday-School Classrooms

A talk by John Thomas of Rutgers University

Tuesday, October 25

13-19 University Place, Great Room

New York University

6:00 p.m.

All are welcome!

Refreshments will be served.

Rebecca Colesworthy NYU Lecture on Poe: May 20th

Positioning Poe:
Purloined Letters, Counterfeit Coins, and Other Modern Fictions

A lecture by Professor Rebecca Colesworthy

Friday, May 20th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
NYU’s School of Law – Furman Hall,
245 Sullivan Street, Room 216

Reception to follow lecture.

Please RSVP to community.affairs@nyu.edu

How might literature be like money and money like literature? What is the relevance of economic notions of “credit,” “value,” and “exchange” to literary studies? What is the relationship between events in economic history (such as financial crises) and processes of artistic and intellectual production?

This talk positions the work of Edgar Allan Poe within a transnational and interdisciplinary tradition of reflecting on the strange connections between literary and monetary forms of representation. While Poe’s work is productive for pondering the formal and thematic intersections between art and commerce, reading his work in light of these intersections helps us to reconsider Poe’s gender politics—namely, his notorious claim that the most poetical topic in the world is the death of a beautiful woman.

Comparative Literature Lecture on Philip K. Dick: 3/24

We would like to invite you and your students to this year’s Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture of the Comparative Literature department, which is entitled:

From Here to California:
Philip K. Dick, The Simulacra & the Integration of Germany

6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th, in Lecture Hall 102

at 19 University Place of New York University

For this year’s Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture, the students of Comparative Literature have selected Laurence Rickels to present on his thorough and exhaustive work, I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick (2010).

Laurence Rickels is professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California in Santa Barbara, professor at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, and Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School. Professor Rickels has published seven books and edited four collections of critical essays, including Looking After Nietzsche (1990), one of the most thoughtful and necessary collaborative works on Nietzsche to date.

With the book launch of I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick, Laurence Rickels takes off for the outer spaces of critical, psychoanalytic and philosophical texts in order to land Philip K. Dick’s trek out of Faust’s Germany and onto P.P. Layout’s pad in Californian dreaming.

Of the hundreds of students who flocked to such well-designed courses as The Vampire Lectures (1999) and The Devil Notebooks (2008), many claimed to recognize the precognitive scientist of fiction, PKD, as an influence to Laurence Rickels’ teaching and writing. One crucial feature of textually encountering Professor Rickels is that you can never take for granted literal and literary appearances: Through a relentless irony, he will explain and exemplify at one and the same time — a talent in the profession of professing something like truth or knowledge.

For this presentation, Professor Rickels plans to shift his focus onto the postwar predicament of the integration of Germany as “Our Problem.” The poster boy of Rickels’ The Case of California (1991), Philip K. Dick projected the future as fitting the Coast while carrying forward “Germany” as its ambivalent introject, our problem. This includes the ethical-clinical problem of the violent psychopath as failure of interpretation and treatment that can at best be contained. In and around The Simulacra, Dick and his intertexts connect denial of mourning to a notion of productivity based on restitution and reparation without responsibility for the specified dead. That the policy of restitution, which became the quintessential foreign policy of the Federal Republic of Germany, has come to be identified as the enabling context for the postwar German “economic miracle” is one more piece of this puzzle of integration.

Comparative Literature Talk Tomorrow, 2/15: Questions of Blackness, Realism and Literary Production

Bode Ibironke Lecture: February 16, 1:00 – 3:00
13-19 University Place, Room 222

The ‘African’ in the African Writers Series:
Questions of Blackness, Realism and Literary Production

Dr. Ibironke holds a PhD in English (2008) from Michigan State University, and an MA in Comparative Literature from MSU. He specializes in African and African Diaspora Literatures. His dissertation examines the role of the publishing house Heinemann in the creation of an international reading-market for African novels. He has held a Big 10 CIC Postdoctoral Fellowship and is currently Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University.

The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, Seminar Next Tuesday: Feb. 15

Glucksman Ireland House and the MA Program in Irish and Irish-American Studies will host a seminar with Joseph Valente, Professor of English at SUNY Buffalo,on his new book,
The Myth of Manliness in Irish National Culture, 1880-1922
(Illinois UP).

The seminar will be at Ireland House on Tuesday, February 15, from 4:00 to 5:30
One Washington Mews on Fifth Avenue, ground floor.

The seminar will discuss the introduction (“The Double Bind of Irish Manhood”) and Chapter 1 (“The Manliness of Parnell”); both are available as .pdf files from Professor John Waters (john[dot]waters[at]nyu[dot]edu).

Professor Valente is the author of James Joyce and the Problem of Justice: Negotiating Sexual and Colonial Difference (Cambridge UP, 1995), Dracula’s Crypt: Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood (Illinois, 2002); he has edited the groundbreaking collection Quare Joyce (Michigan, 1998) as well as Disciplinarity at the Fin-de-Siecle (with Amanda Anderson, Princeton UP 2002), as well as journal issues on Joyce and Homosexuality (James Joyce Quarterly Spring 1994), Joyce and the Law (James Joyce Quarterly Spring 2002), and Urban Ireland (Eire-Ireland, Winter Spring 2010). He has also authored more than 40 articles in Romanticism, 19th century studies, Modernism, Irish Studies, and Literary and Cultural Theory.

The seminar will be of interest to students to students and faculty working in post-colonial studies, nationalism, and gender and sexuality studies, as well as those interested in Modernism, Irish literature, and literary theory.