Literature, Anxiety, Temporality
Friday - Sunday
October 1-3, 1999
13 Appian Way
The 58th annual meeting of The English Institute takes up questions of temporality in a variety of contexts - literature (from the tense of sentences to the time of literary periods), culture (from Medieval catastrophe to electronic cool), and history (from its theoretical impossibility to its continuing necessity). What anxieties are encoded in the times and tenses of writing? What notions of past, present, and future shape contemporary thinking?
Participants were encouraged to re-read Paul de Man’s essay “Literary History and Literary Modernity” (in Blindness and Insight) in order to foster a lively discussion among all registrants at the Saturday afternoon Roundtable.
CATHERINE GALLAGHER, University of California, Berkeley
Undoing: The Plot to End All Periods
STEPHEN G. NICHOLS, Johns Hopkins University
Cycles of Terror: Death as History in Restoration France
JEROME J. MCGANN, University of Virginia
Scholarly Adventures in Computerland
JAY CLAYTON, Vanderbilt University
Barker Center-Thompson Room
*please note that Jay Clayton has replaced Wahneema Lubiano for the Friday 3:30 p.m. talk.
JENNIFER WICKE, University of Virginia
Sublime Lite: Millennial Anticlimax and the American (End of) Century
LOUISE O. FRADENBURG, University of California, Santa Barbara
Group Time: Catastrophe, Survival, Periodicity
Roundtable: Re-reading DeMan’s Literary History and Literary Modernity
JONATHAN ARAC AND BARBARA JOHNSON
ALAN LIU, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Laws of Cool (Information Should Not Mean But Be)
JANE GALLOP, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
SAMUEL R. DELANY, State University of New York, Buffalo
Historifying Marginal Practices
Trustees and Supervisors Meeting
Jay Clayton, Marianne Hirsch, and Karen Newman.
The Supervising Committee welcomes your ideas for next year’s topics and speakers. Please send suggestions to committee members either by e-mail (email@example.com) or in writing prior to the beginning of the 1999 conference.
Center for Literary & Cultural Studies
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Cambridge, MA 02138