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'The Philosophy of Literature' Programme

Posted on 07/02/2011

You are warmly invited to a new series of lectures and workshops on "The Philosophy of Literature", convened by Professor John O'Brien (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures). These three events will take place on the 23rd February, 16th March and 23rd March. Details below.

 The Philosophy of Literature

 Organiser: Professor John O’Brien

 During the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century, the characteristics of the philosophical approach to literature have undergone some important changes. Alongside the continuation of the traditions of Continental thought, representatively symbolized by the work of Badiou and Rancière, can be detected a move back to elements that were challenged 40 years ago by the generation of Barthes, Lacan, Foucault and Derrida. The death of the author is now being countered by the notion of the author as intentional subject; the disconnection between life and art-work is giving way to a new interest in biography; the notion of the self-contained work of art, or of art-as-textuality, is being displaced in favour of a view of literary language as a hard-wired element of human cognition. From Marion’s version of phenomenology to Currie’s Arts and Minds, the philosophy that might underlie literature is being re-appraised.


The aim of this HARC proposal is to examine some elements of this re-appraisal. Three topics have been chosen for investigation:


Session 1: The Intentional Subject

Wednesday, 23rd February, 5-7pm

Win1-04, Windsor Building, Royal Holloway University

Introduction: Professor John O’Brien

Professor Andrew Bowie (Philosophy)

Professor Dan Rebellato (Drama)


Session 2: (T)exteriors

Wednesday, 16th March, 5-7pm

Win1-04, Windsor Building, Royal Holloway University

Professor Robert Eaglestone (English)

Dr Ruth Cruickshank (French)

Dr Clare Connors (English, UEA)


Session 3: The Intentional Act

Wednesday, 23rd March, 5-7pm

Win1-04, Windsor Building, Royal Holloway University

Professor Colin Davis (French)

Dr Tim Chesters (French)

Dr James Helgeson (French, Nottingham)


All welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, including other HARC events and strands please visit www.rhul.ac.uk/research/harc or contact us at harc@rhul.ac.uk 


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