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DemCP colloquium - RITA FELSKI (University of Virginia): "On Resonance: Stoner and Theory" (co-hosted by OSL)

When:We 12-05-2021 16:00 - 17:15

Research colloquium of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics, co-hosted by the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL).

Rita Felski , University of Virginia
On Resonance: Stoner and Theory


My talk draws out some affinities between the ideas of Hartmut Rosa and academic novels by John Williams and Dionne Brand. Both novels capture moments when words crackle, reverberate, come alive; they speak to the transformative aspects of intellectual life, while also acknowledging the alienating aspects of academic institutions. The idea of resonance, I suggest, might help us to clarify us the force of attachments to both literature and theory, rather than pitting one against the other.

About the speaker

Rita Felski is John Stewart Bryan Professor of English at the University of Virginia and Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, as well as  the former editor of New Literary History. Her books include The Gender of Modernity (1995), Uses of Literature (2008), The Limits of Critique (2015) and Hooked: Art and Attachment (2020). She is currently writing a book about the relation between literary studies and the contemporary Frankfurt School.