Re-Thinking Literature (Day Three)

Avital Ronell, Simon Critchley, Emily Apter, others

Saturday 21 September, 2013
10:30am - 6pm, $0

New York University, Silver Center
100 Washington Square East, Hemmerdinger Hall

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Re-Thinking Literature brings together philosophers, writers, critics and theoreticians of literature and art, to examine what, in the 21st Century, is understood when we speak about "literature." We still ask familiar questions such as “What is the situation of the writer today? What does literature mean today?” but ask them today undetermined by preexisting “isms,” past the dogmas of recent years, post-Post, as it were. Re-Thinking Literature seeks new, multiple perspectives for the meaning and significance of the cultural construct “literature” today—and examines how a younger generation of literary thinkers and practitioners deals with it.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Jesse Ball, poet, novelist
The Book and Its Phantom

Tristan Garcia, novelist, philosopher
What Becomes of the Novel when the Gods are Coming Back? A secular Form of Literature Facing the Return of Religion

Joshua Cohen, novelist, critic
WIKI, What I Know Is

Laurent Dubreuil, Cornell, philosopher, critic
Cognition, Intellection, Contradiction

Simon Critchley, New School, philosopher
Ways of Re-Thinking Literature: What We Learn from Hamlet


4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.

Emily Apter, NYU, cultural critic, comparatist

Rethinking the Textual Object: Translated, Curated, Punctuated, Looked at, Listened to...

Paul Audi, philosopher, critic
Literature and Its Discontents: Fortune and Misfortune of the French Case

Avital Ronell, NYU, cultural critic, philosopher

The Turn of the Screwed

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