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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.

Professor Bruce Robbins

Milan Terlunen

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

Meeting Schedule

10/21/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM
Michel Foucault, Psychiatry, Anti-Psychiatry, and Power
Camille Robcis, Columbia University

Respondent: Etienne Balibar, Columbia University and Universite de Paris X-Nanterre (France)

12/04/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:15 PM