Theory, Criticism, and Culture Seminar

Michaelmas Term 2018

5-6.30pm, Faculty of English, Board Room

Wednesday, 7 November
Josh Robinson (Cardiff)
Form, Adorno, and the Concepts of Criticism

Wednesday, 14 November
Sophie Seita (Cambridge)
'Contemporary Experimental Translations and Translingual Poetics'

Wednesday 21 November
Colin Jager (Rutgers & Lancaster)
Seeing What God Sees: Malick, Robinson, and the Ontological Turn


Lent Term 2018


Wednesday, 7 February, Board Room
Gregor Moder (University of Ljubljana)
'Hegel through Lear'

Wednesday, 21 February, Board Room
Sanja Bahun (University of Essex)
'Home, Modernists, and Inter-imperiality'

Wednesday, 28 February, SR24
POSTPONED due to strike action
Dr Sophie Seita, University of Cambridge
'Contemporary Experimental Translations and Translingual Poetics'

Wednesday, 7 March, Board Room
Anne-Lise Francois (University of California at Berkeley)

Wednesday, 14 March, SR24
Josh Robinson (Cardiff University)
Adorno's Poetics of Form

Michaelmas Term 2017


Wednesday, 25 October, Board Room
Dr Graeme MacDonald, University of Warwick
"Oil’s Returning Monsters – Petrofiction, Petroculture, Energy Humanities"

Wednesday, 8 November, Board Room
Dr Geoff Gilbert, Paris
'Close Reading in the World System: Laszlo Krasznahorkai's /War and War/ without Hungarian'

Wednesday, 22 November, Board Room *CANCELLED*
Dr Sophie Seita, University of Cambridge
'Contemporary Experimental Translations and Translingual Poetics'

Wednesday, 29-Nov, S-R24
Dr Ankhi Mukherjee, University of Oxford

Lent Term 2017

Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Bashir Abu Manneh (Faculty of English, University of Kent)

'Palestinian Trajectories: Novels and Politics since 1948'

5pm in King's College Audit Room

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

Trisha Banerjee (Harvard)

'Back Stories: Human Embodiment and The Novel'.

5pm in English Faculty Board Room

Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Lyndsey Stonebridge (School of History, University of East Anglia)

'Orwell's Jews'

5pm in English Faculty Room GR06/07


Michaelmas Term 2016

Wednesday, 16th November
Drew Milne (Cambridge), 'Gleaning Under the Sign of the Anthropocene'
*1.15pm* G-R06/07

Wednesday, 30th November
Alexander Freer (Cambridge), 'Another Freudian Reading'
*5pm* G-R06/07

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; all are welcome.

TCCS Theme, 2016/17

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.