The 59th annual meeting of the English Institute explored new work under four headings, a topic, a genre, an author, and a text for group discussion. The topic panel, Compassion, marked out a domain of attachment, of love, ethics, aesthetics, and politics. The discussion of genre explored the formation of cultural categories, the subject, and sexuality in Renaissance prose. Rethinking the sympathy/compassion for which George Eliot is famous, the author panel engaged, in different ways, the renewed interest in ethics, affect, and the novel. Adorno’s “Resignation,” a brief essay, in which he reflects on the responsibilities of intellectuals, was the subject of the roundtable discussion.
Participants were encouraged to re-read Theodor Adorno’s essay “Resignation” (published in Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords, 1998).
Lee Edelman, Tufts University
Candace Vogler, University of Chicago
“Much of Madness and More of Sin: Compassion, for Ligeia”
John Guillory, New York University
“The Bachelor State: On Marriage and the Single Life in Bacon’s ‘New Atlantis’ ”
Laurie Shannon, Duke University
Barker Center-Thompson Room
Peggy Phelan, New York University
“The Compassion of Andy Warhol”
Lisa Jardine, University of London
“Textual Therapies: Dosing the Ailing Subject”
Carolyn Williams, Rutgers University
Mary Ann O’Farrell, Texas A&M University
Neil Hertz, The Johns Hopkins University
Asha Varadharajan and Cornel West will lead a discussion of
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