Summer Reading Group

The quarter is over and we have no further official workshop events until next fall. However, those who are interested in participating in a summer reading group on literature and philosophy with other workshop members should contact the workshop coordinators to have their names added to the summer reading group email list.


The reading group will meet informally every couple of weeks, and readings will be determined by the interest of those who want to participate.


Thanks to everyone for a great year!

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Spring 2011 Schedule

Thursday, March 31 Lisa Ruddick, Associate Professor of English, leading a discussion of cognitive studies approaches to literature

Thursday, April 14 – Agnes Malinowska, PhD Candidate in Social Thought, on “The Activity of Consciousness: Pragmatism and American Literature in the Age of Evolution”

Thursday, April 28 in Foster 505 – James Conant, Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, on “Nietzsche’s Perfectionism: A Reading of Schopenhauer as Educator

(Please note that the discussion with Professor Conant will be in Foster 505, not the usual room)

Thursday, May 5 – Jason Mohaghegh, Assistant Professor of World Literature, New Jersey City University, author of New Literature and Philosophy in the Middle East: The Chaotic Imagination, on “Inflictions: The Writing of Violence, East/West” (joint meeting with MEHAT)

Friday, May 6 at 4:00 – Jason Mohaghegh at MEHAT workshop (joint workshop meeting with Lit/Phil)

Thursday, May 12 – Dana Freibach-Heifetz, Associate Member of the Department of Philosophy, on “Giving Sense to Generosity-Ethics: A Philosophical Reading of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot”

Thursday, May 26 – John Paul Rollert, PhD Candidate in Social Thought, on “The Great Gatsby and the Insensible Imagination”

Thursday, June 2 - Michael Subialka, PhD Candidate in Social Thought and Romance Languages and Literatures, on “Grotesque Aesthetics: Pirandello, the Romantics, and the Distorted Shape of Humor.”

All meetings take place at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise noted.
Papers to be read in advance will be circulated via lsitserv one week prior to the meeting.

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Winter 2011 Schedule

All meetings held on Thursdays at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, January 13, 2011 – Reading from Rilke (selections from The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge).

Thursday, January 27,  2011 in Foster 505– Eric Santner, Philip and Ida Romburg Professor in Modern Germanic Studies and in the Committee on Jewish Studies, on “Modernism and the Vital Sphere: Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.”

Please note that the meeting with Professor Santner will take place in Foster 505.

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - Alan Dagovitz, PhD Candidate in Religion and Literature, on “The Concept of Toy.”

FRIDAY, February 25, 2011 at 2:00pm - Haitham Ibrahim, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, on “Action, Communication, Event: George Herbert Meade’s Aesthetics of Process.”

Please note that this meeting is being held on Friday at 2:00pm.  We will still meet in Foster 305 to discuss Haitham’s work.

Please note, there will NOT be a meeting 10th week (as had been originally planned).

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Autumn 2010 Schedule

All meetings held on Thursdays at 4:30pm in Foster 305 unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 30, 2010 – Reading M.M. Bakhtin’s “Epic and Novel: Towards a Methodology for the Study of the Novel” and Friedrich Schlegel’s “Letter About the Novel.”

Friday, October 15, 2010 – Seminar with Lydia Goehr, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University; Discussion of “For the Birds/Against the Birds: Modernist Narratives of the End of Art” from Professor Goehr’s Elective Affinities: Musical Essays on the History of Aesthetic Theory.  **Meeting 10 am – 12 pm in Foster 505.**

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - James McCormick, PhD Candidate in Committee on Social Thought and Germanic Studies, on “Robert Musil: Narrative, Subjectivity, Ethics”

(Download the paper here.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - Reading Plato’s Republic (specific focus on the discussion of poets, especially books II.376c – III.403c and X.595a-608a)

TUESDAY, November 23, 2010 - Gabriel Richardson Lear, Professor of Philosophy and Social Thought at the University of Chicago, on Plato’s aesthetics.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO A NEW DATE (Tuesday the 23rd).  It will still take place at 4:30pm in Foster 305.

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - Monica Olaru, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, on “Das Urprosaische: Events, Facts and Norms in Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest.”

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Spring ’10 Schedule

All meetings on Wednesday at 5pm in Foster 305 (unless otherwise noted)

April 7, 2010 – (Reading) Martha Nussbaum, “Introduction: Form and Content, Philosophy and Literature,” in Love’s Knowledge

April 22, 2010 Lisa Barca
on ” ‘A Grace of Sense’: Temporality and the Poetics of Transcendence in Eugenio Montale, Rainer Maria Rilke, and T. S. Eliot”

May 5, 2010 – (Reading) Paul Ricoeur, “Life in Quest of Narrative,” and Arthur Danto, “Narration and Knowledge”

THURSDAY, May 13, 2010 – “Literature and Philosophy: A Methodological Inquiry,” a faculty round-table discussion with Professors Glenn Most, Thomas Pavel, Robert Pippin, and David Wellbery (5pm in SS 302).  Wine and cheese reception to follow.

THURSDAY, May 27, 2010Kasia Bartoszynska
, “Utopian Ironies: Readings in Swift and Krasicki”

June 2, 2010
Lauren Butler Bergier, “The Dramatic Unities in Paul Claudel’s Satin Slipper

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