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Annual UCL Tagore Lecture Series in Comparative Literature

03 December 2019, 5:15 pm–6:30 pm

Prof. Rita Felski (University of Virginia): Hooked Art and Attachment

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

Location

B05 Lecture Theatre
013: Chadwick Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Rita Felski is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English, University of Virginia and Niels Bohr Professor, University of Southern Denmark. Professor Felski is one of the most influential figures in literary studies today. Her claims about "the limits of critique" and "the postcritical turn" continue to engage both scholars in the field and broader audiences. Felski's books include Critique and Postcritique (Duke University Press, 2017, co-edited with Elizabeth Anker), The Limits of Critique (Chicago University Press, 2015), Uses of Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and Literature after Feminism (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Prof. Felski’s talk makes a case for attachment as a key word for the humanities. To be attached is to be affected or moved and also to be linked or tied. It includes passion and compassion, but also ethical, political, intellectual, or other bonds. Drawing on a range of examples, Prof. Felski will discuss two common attachment devices: identification and attunement. She will conclude by clarifying the relevance of attachment for pedagogy and for practices of interpretation in the classroom.