Literary Theory

  • Founded
    2005
  • Seminar Number
    711

This seminar has had a long and distinguished history at Columbia. Originally called Theory of Literature (469), it was revived under its current title in 2006 with a view to pursuing the relations between literature, philosophy, and the politics that pervades our cultural production and its study. For some time now, literary studies has been engaged in wider theoretical approaches to texts and to the very idea of literature and criticism, and the seminar hopes to take philosophical stock of this tendency as well as to try to bring to it, wherever possible, more creative and more rigorous angles. These goals will initially be pursued broadly and ecumenically and should it turn out that one or other theme surfaces, which demands our sustained focus, the seminar will very likely take it up for a whole year, approaching it from different angles. For the most part, one of the members will circulate a paper, introduced for the seminar by another member, but occasionally, we will invite a speaker from outside the membership.


Chair
Professor Bruce Robbins
bwr2001@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Victoria Wiet
vcw2106@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

Welcome

Meetings

09/20/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
Wallace Stevens and the Confidence of Imagination
Paul Bove, University of Pittsburgh

Respondent: Joseph North, Yale University



10/20/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
A New Querelle of Universals
Étienne Balibar, Columbia University and Universite de Paris X-Nanterre

Respondent: Gil Anidjar, Columbia University



11/10/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM

Ann Stoler, The New School for Social Research

Étienne Balibar, Columbia University and Universite de Paris X-Nanterre



11/27/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM

Rajeev Bhargava, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

Sam Haselby, Aeon Magazine