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Literature and Event 2020: Programme

Humanities Research Centre

 

Literature and the Event: Reformulations of the Literary in the 21st Century

Saturday, 15th February, 2020

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

09.00 – 09.30 Registration and Coffee (Ground Floor, Social Sciences)

09.30 – 09.45 Introduction

09.45 – 10.45 Keynote Address I Room S0.21

Prof. Derek Attridge (York), Event, Experience, Literature 

Chair: Prof. Daniel Katz

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Parallel Sessions 1 The Time of Event

Session 1 – Chair: Prof. Emma Mason, Room S0.20

10.45 – 11.05 Paper 1: Stephen Darren Dougherty (Agden), Event, Non-Event, and Interpretation: Catherine Malabou with Anne Carson

11.05 – 11.25 Paper 2: Thomas Gould (UEA), “A trait for a trait”: Literature and the Graphic Event

11.25 – 11.45 Paper 3: Naomi Waltham-Smith (Warwick), Unexceptional Events: Or, Scarcely Audible Literature 

11.45-12.00 Questions

 

Session 2 — Chair: Dr. Nick Lawrence, Room S0.19

10.45 – 11.05 Paper 4: Min Ji Choi (Harvard) Withnessing Climate Change in Literature

11.05 – 11.25 Paper 5: Bryan Counter (SUNY Buffalo) Recherche as Event: Proust, Nietzsche, and the Aesthetic Disposition

11.25 – 11.45 Paper 6: Beatrice Bottomley (Warburg Inst.) Time pours out: understanding time, testimony and translation through the event in Raji Bathish’s ‘An al-bilād wa-l-fanādiq, “On Countries and Hotels?

 

11.45-12.00 Questions

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Parallel Sessions 2 Possibility/ Impossibility

Session 3- Chair: Dr. Eileen John, Room S0.20

12.00 – 12.20 Paper 7: Alireza Fakhrkonandeh (Southampton), Death as the Virtual in Howard Barker’s Evental Ontology: The Virtual, Phantasm and Impossible Desire in The Theatre of Catastrophe

12.20 – 12.40 Paper 8: Kurt Cavender (Kutztown Pennsylvania) Althusser, Badiou, Leibniz, and the Compossibility of Events

12.40 – 13.00 Paper 9: Matt Rosen (Colarado), The Text as a Site of Hope: Meillassoux’s Virtual God and the Advent in Literature

13.00-13.15 Questions

 

Session 4 - Chair: Dr. Michael Meeuwis, Room S0.19

12.00 – 12.20 Paper 10: Alexander Scherr (JLUGiessen), The Uneventfulness and Failure of ‘Projects’ in Contemporary Literature

12.20 – 12.40 Paper 11: Barbara Dolenc (Zagreb), We have literary events, what is the meaning of this possibility?

12.40 – 13.00 Paper 12: Koenraad Claes (Anglia Ruskin), ‘To wait the course of events’: Walter Scott and Counter-Revolutionary Narrative

13.00-13.15 Questions

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13.15-14.00 Lunch

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Parallel Sessions 3 Aftermath

Session 5- Chair: Mantra Mukim, Room S0.20

14.00 – 14.20 Paper 13: Sarah Bouttier (École Polytechnique, Paris), What happens when nothing happens?

14.20 – 14.40 Paper 14: Thomas Clément Mercier (CEFRES, Prague), Plastic Events, Spectral Events: Literature and the ‘Real of the Phantasm,’ between Malabou and Derrida

14.40 – 15.00 Paper 15: Giulia Scialpi (SNS, Pisa), Dire l’événement: approximations between Jacques Derrida and Annie Ernaux

15.00 – 15.15 Questions

 

Session 6, Chair: Esthie Hugo, Room S0.19

14.00 – 14.20 Paper 16: Nicholas T. Rinehart (Dartmouth), Testimony and Event in the Study of Slavery

14.20 – 14.40 Paper 17: Irmak Saygin (Münster), The Eventful Shipwreck: Robinson Crusoe, Jenichiro Oyabe and the World Literary Map of the Drifters

14.40 – 15.00 Paper 18: Ronald Mendoza-de Jesús (USC), Historia res lacrimæ: Hamacher’s Literary Events and the Historicity of Abschied

15.00-15.15- Questions

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Parallel Sessions 4 The Literary Thing

Session 7 - Chair: Prof. Leslie Hill, Room S0.20

15.15—15.35 Paper 19: Lucas Scott Wright (UCI), Das Ereignis des Seyn & la epifanía del otro: Narrative Language of Event and the Temporality of Alterity

15.35—15.55 Paper 20: Ian Tan (Warwick), To Give the Literary Event: Blanchot and Lawrence’s Narrative of Life/Death

15.55—16.15 Paper 21: Alex Obrigewitsch (Warwick), The Event of Literature and the Non-Event of Death: Maurice Blanchot and the Exigency of an Impossible Response

16.15 —16.30: Questions

 

Session 8 - Chair: Prof. Derek Attridge, Room S0.19

15.15—15.35 Paper 22: Jack Robert Edmunds-Coopey (Durham), An Absolute of Literature as Event: The Literary Absolute (1988) and Jean-Luc Nancy's Philosophical Literature

15.35—15.55 Paper 23: Lucy Benjamin (Royal Holloway), Structures of Climate Change: Acting without the Event

15.55—16.15 Paper 24: Oliver Haslam (Loughborough), The (Non)Event of Telephony in the Stories of Raymond Carver

16.15 —16.30: Questions

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16.30 – 16.45 Tea and Coffee

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16.45-17.45 Keynote Address II Room S0.21

Prof. Esther Leslie, Eventually Dust: On the Particulars of the Present as Seen Through Its Devices

Chair: Dr. Naomi Waltham-Smith

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17.45-18.00 Vote of thanks

18.00-19.00 Wine reception

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