Thursday, 3 March 2011

London Aesthetics Forum, Prof Joshua Landy talk - Thursday 17th March


As part of the London Aesthetics Forum, Professor Joshua Landy (Professor of French and co-director of the Literature and Philosophy Initiative at Stanford University) will give a free talk on Thursday 17th March and all are welcome to attend.

Title of the talk: Literature, Narrative, and the Shape of a Life
Location:  Senate House Malet Street, London WC1 Room 104
Time: 16:00-18:00

Abstract:
It is often said that lives are narratives.  I want to complicate this
bit of doxa in three ways: first, to reinstate the normativity (lives/
should/ perhaps be narratives, but are not always); second, to add the
important adjective "literary" (lives should be/ literary/
narratives), exploring the role of specifically literary models in our
acts of self-fashioning; and third, to challenge the hegemony of
narrative (lives should also be/ poems/, with proper emphasis given to
non-narrative phenomena).


For more information about the London Aesthetics Forum, check out www.londonaestheticsforum.org

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