The English Institute 2001

The 2001 English Institute conference was a great success and we are hard at work planning the 2002 event. Please continue checking this website for more details and scheduling information!

The 60th meeting of the English Institute will explore new work under four headings, a topic, a genre, an author and a text for group discussion. The topic panel, Bohemias, will inquire into the uneasy and uncertain relation these sites of artistic, social, and sexual experimentation bear to the dominant cultures from which they set themselves apart. We will consider the problematic genre of Romance which has been powerfully theorized and historically embedded, while recent studies of late Greek and Roman antiquity have prompted broad reconsideration of the “genre” from its inception through subsequent cultural history. The author panel will revisit Walt Whitman, for whose early career the bohemian subcultures of New York City were of decisive importance. A discussion will follow of Kristeva’s “A New Type of Intellectual: The Dissident” which is a 1974 manifesto for the responsibilities of intellectuals written at the moment that post-structuralism, Maoism, psychoanalysis, and feminism were swirling together in Paris’s literary political vanguard.

In response to your comments at last year’s conference, we are pleased to announce online registration for the 2001 Conference. You can now register online. If a fee is owed, we offer credit card processing including Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover, or you may print out the completed registration form to be mailed in with a check or money order. Our registration form is secure and your credit card transaction is protected by SSL, the internet standard for encryption.

Registration and Breakfast

Saturday, 8:00 a.m.
Askwith Auditorium


Directed by Bruce Robbins, Rutgers University

Andrew Ross, New York University
The Industrialization of Bohemia

Saturday, 10:15 a.m.
Janet Lyon, Pennsylvania State University
Sociability in the Metropole: Modernism’s Bohemian Salons

Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
Jani Scandura, University of Minnesota
“Down Under In Harlem”:A Geography of the Blues


Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
(you may purchase a $10 ticket for this lunch at morning registration)


Directed by Jonathan Crewe, Dartmouth College

Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Daniel L. Selden, University of California, Santa Cruz
Holy Wandering: Historicizing Romance

Saturday, 3:15 p.m.
David Glimp, University of Miami, Coral Gables
Generating Romance: The Example of Sir Philip Sidney

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
From ‘Matière Antique’ to ‘Matière Sarrasine’: Recontextualizing French Romance in the Twelfth-Century Mediterranean


Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
Horner Room, Agassiz House
14 Mason Street
Just across the Radcliffe yard from Longfellow Hall

Registration and Breakfast

Sunday, 8:00 a.m.

Askwith Auditorium


Directed by Michael Warner, Rutgers University

Sunday, 9:00 a.m.
Michael Moon, The Johns Hopkins University
Solitude, Singularity, Seriality: Whitman and Others

Sunday, 10:15 a.m.
Virginia Jackson, Rutgers University
Your Name and Walt Whitman’s

Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
Angus Fletcher, Professor Emeritus, The Graduate School, City University of New York
“The readjustment of the whole theory and Nature of Poetry”


Sunday, 12:45 p.m.
(on our own)


Led by Jane Gallop, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Roundtable on Julia Kristeva’s “A New Type of Intellectual: The Dissident”

The Supervising Committee welcomes your ideas for next year’s topics and speakers. Please send suggestions to committee members either by e-mail ( or in writing prior to the beginning of the 2001 conference.

The English Institute
The Humanities Center
Harvard University
Barker Center
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Bohemias, Romance, Whitman, Kristeva
60th Session, 2001
Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Harvard University
Date of publication: 
December 15-16, 2000
Past Conferences Date: 
Friday, December 15, 2000 to Saturday, December 16, 2000