Histories and Theories of Reading 2013/14

Doctoral Schools specialist course
International Seminar: Histories and Theories of Reading

October 2013: Timothy Reiss (New York University)

Thursday, October 9, 2013 – guided reading session
Thursday, October 16, 2013 – lecture / discussion Timothy Reiss

Theme of the meeting: the genealogy of the early modern concept of literature and its impact on the contemporary reception of Renaissance literature

November 2013: Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – guided reading session
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – lecture / discussion Jonathan Sawday

Theme of the meeting: the possible synergies between early modern (handwriting and print) and contemporary (digital) technologies of writing and reading

December 2013: Steven Mailloux (Loyola Marymount University)
Friday, December 13, 2013 (13:00-17:00) – guided reading session
Thursday, December 19, 2013 (10:00-15:00) – lecture / disussion Steven Mailloux

Theme of the meeting: the method of ‘rhetorical hermeneutics’ that Steven Mailloux has developed in several of his works, and the extent to which it succeeds in amending historical reception studies

February 2014: James Raven (University of Essex)
Thursday, February 13, 2014 – guided reading session

Thursday, February 20, 2014 – lecture / discussion James Raven

Theme of the meeting: to what extent does a strong focus on the circumstances of early modern textual production broaden and/or undermine our traditional understanding of ‘literature’?

March 2014: Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania)
Thursday, March 13, 2014 – guided reading session

Thursday, March 20, 2014 – lecture/discussion Peter Stallybrass

Theme of the meeting: the extent to which the specific materiality of early modern literary and other cultural texts determines our interpretation of these texts

April 2014: Jerome McGann (University of Virginia) [to be confirmed]
Thursday,  April 10, 2014 – guided reading session
Thursday, April 17, 2014 – lecture / discussion Jerome McGann

Theme of the meeting: Jerome McGann’s important contribution to the historical study of what he calls “the textual condition,” including his pioneering role in the development of digital forms of textual and bibliographical research

June 2014: Leah Price (Harvard University)
Thursday, June 12, 2014 – guided reading session
Thursday, June 19, 2014 – lecture / discussion Leah Price

Theme of the meeting: Leah Price’s concept of ‘non-reading’, which focuses on the analysis of literary texts as (not necessarily consumed) forms of cultural and symbolic capital (‘literature and lifestyle’)

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