Inaugural Sessions of New Theory, Criticism, and Culture Seminar Announced

theory_criticism_cultureThis is to announce two seminars taking place this term:

Drew Milne (Cambridge), ‘Gleaning Under the Sign of the Anthropocene’
Wednesday, 16th November

Alexander Freer (Cambridge), ‘Another Freudian Reading’
Wednesday, 30th November

These are the inaugural sessions of the Faculty’s newly constituted Theory, Criticism, and Culture Seminar. The Theory, Criticism, and Culture Seminar is the English Faculty’s forum for discussion of the relations between literary, ethical, social, political, and theoretical questions. Incorporating, from 2016, the long-running Literary Theory and Postcolonial Studies Seminars, as well as the Criticism and Culture Graduate Seminar, the TCCS will meet to hear papers from scholars — local, national, and international — working in the fields of literary theory and criticism, poetics, literary aesthetics, cultural studies, and postcolonial and related literatures. Each year, papers will address a broad topic or theme (that chosen for 2016/17 is ‘Transmission’). Papers will be up to 50 minutes and, it is hoped, will be followed by open and wide-ranging discussion. Wine will be served at evening seminars; all are welcome.

_TCCS Theme, 2016/16_
Transmission, from the Latin transmissionem, ‘a sending over or across, passage,’ is at the centre of the material, cultural and intellectual processes that define our times. The passage between languages, literary and scholarly traditions, across global networks, and indeed, between psyches and bodies, bears upon a wide range of issues, from translation, interpretation and intellectual history to imperialism, colonialization, gender and psychoanalysis. The seminar endeavours to bring multiple scholars into an interdisciplinary conversation that addresses processes of transmission, broadly defined. This includes engagements with the issues laid out above as well as with poetics, cultural resistance, materiality, influence, canonicity and the global circulation of ideas.

Ross Wilson and Chana Morgenstern