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Conference: Re-Thinking Literature (Sep 19 - 21)




THE CENTER FOR FRENCH CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY


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RE-THINKING LITERATURE



RE-THINKING LITERATURE brings together philosophers, writers, critics and theoreticians of literature and art, to examine what, in the 21st Century, is understood when we speak about "literature." We still ask familiar questions such as “What is the situation of the writer today? What does literature mean today?” but ask them today undetermined by preexisting “isms,” past the dogmas of recent years, post-Post, as it were. RE-THINKING LITERATURE seeks new, multiple perspectives for the meaning and significance of the cultural construct “literature” today—and examines how a younger generation of literary thinkers and practitioners deals with it.
SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2013
HEMMERDINGER HALL - NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East


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An international conference organized by Donatien Grau and Tom Bishop
ALL PRESENTATIONS IN ENGLISH • FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Introduction: TOM BISHOP, DONATIEN GRAU

PETER SCHJELDAHL, The New Yorker, art critic, poet
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Critical Conditions

8:00 - 9:30 pm
BORIS GROYS, NYU, art critic, philosopher
The Art Installation as Novel

DONATIEN GRAU, critic
The Limits of Knowledge: Some Notes Towards a Literary Conception of Literature


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

STATHIS GOURGOURIS, Columbia, critic

CAMILLE DE TOLEDO, writer
Empowering Literature in the XXI century. A Glossary

WAYNE KOESTENBAUM, CUNY, poet, cultural critic
Corpse Pose

2:00 - 5:30 pm

SHELLEY JACKSON, writer, artist
BEN LERNER, poet, novelist
Virtual Ekphrasis: Fiction as Criticism and Curation

JEAN-PHILIPPE TOUSSAINT, novelist, filmmaker
Writing Today

CAMILLE LAURENS, novelist, essayist
Re-Thinking / Re-Feeling

7:00 pm
HÉLÈNE CIXOUS, Paris VIII, novelist, essayist, philosopher
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Ay Yay: The Shout of Literature


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

JESSE BALL, poet, novelist
The Book and Its Phantom

TRISTAN GARCIA, novelist, philosopher
What Becomes of the Novel When the Gods Are Coming Back? A Secular Form of Literature Facing the Return of Religion

JOSHUA COHEN, novelist, critic
WIKI, What I Know Is

2:00 - 3:30 pm
LAURENT DUBREUIL, Cornell, philosopher, critic
Cognition, Intellection, Contradiction

SIMON CRITCHLEY, New School, philosopher
Ways of Re-Thinking Literature: What We Learn from Hamlet

4:00 - 6:00 pm
EMILY APTER, NYU, cultural critic, comparatist
Rethinking the Textual Object: Translated, Curated, Punctuated, Looked at, Listened to...

PAUL AUDI, philosopher, critic
Literature and Its Discontents: Fortune and Misfortune of the French Case

AVITAL RONELL, NYU, cultural critic, philosopher
The Turn of the Screwed


This conference is made possible by the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the Institut Français.