Rita Felski to Visit Campus this Thursday/Friday

Rita Felski will be on campus Thursday and Friday, November 5 and 6, as part of the English Department’s Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies Speaker Series.

On Thursday, November 5 at 3:30pm in McClung Tower 1210, Professor Felski will lecture on “Attachment Theory.”  Drawing on arguments from Bruno Latour and Antoine Hennion and an essay by Zadie Smith, her lecture will explore forms of aesthetic attachment.  How and why do we become attached to works of art, and how might “attachment theory” help us make sense of this process?

On Friday, November 6, from noon to 2pm in 1210, Professor Felski will lead a discussion of her most recent book, The Limits of Critique, just published last week by the University of Chicago Press (excerpts available).  All interested faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend.

Rita Felski is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at the University of Virginia and the editor of New Literary History.  Her many publications include The Gender of Modernity (Harvard UP, 1995), Doing Time: Feminist Theory and Postmodern Culture (New York UP, 2000), and Uses of Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).  We’re delighted to have her visit.

Email Ben Lee (blee15@utk.edu) if you any questions at all, and please consider joining us for one or both of these events.

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