4月28日座谈:Reading Jane Austen at the end of history

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千赢官网技能讲坛系列

SEIS Academic Forum Series

Forum on English and American Literature

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Reading Jane Austen at the end of history

By Dr Amelia Dale

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Why Study Poetry?

By Dr A. J. Carruthers

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演说人:Dr Amelia Dale, Dr A. J. Carruthers

时间: 下午3:00-5:00

日期: 2018年4月28日

地点:千赢官网115会议室

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座谈摘要:

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Reading Jane Austen at the end of history

Dr Amelia Dale

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This talk asks what it means to read texts historically towards the end of “human” history, using Jane Austen’s work as an example. Once dismissed as having a nonrelation to history, Austen’s use of history has now become a dominant theme of Austen studies. At the same time as our contemporary understanding of Austen has become intertwined with historicity, anthropogenic climate change has demonstrated how “human” cultural history cannot be separated from ecological history, begging the question of Austen’s work in relation to cataclysmic ecological events, and longer, deeper temporalities. How is “deep” history registered within Austen’s work? Focusing on Sanditon, this talk will argue for an eco-historicist reading of Austen’s last novel.

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Why Study Poetry?

Dr A. J. Carruthers

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What’s the use of poetry? Under the vocational metrics of the modern university, it would seem poetry is of no ‘general use.’ Yet globally, the stocks are up for the study of poetry and poetics. With the recent flourishing of creative writing programs, the place of poetics within the world-system of literary studies is making ground, and maintaining it. Dialogues across literary cultures continue and strengthen. But the question of ‘use’ remains: What cultural value does poetics have? What place does it have in the Humanities? What even is poetry, this far into the twenty-first century? Can the study of poetry tell us about what will happen tomorrow? Can it forge a better future for humanity? Can it confront the pressing needs of our species, the need to better understand ecology, for instance? In this lecture I claim the study of poetry is of value because poetry can imagine an outright ‘alterity,’ examine the world from an Archimedean point outside itself. ‘Poetics,’ which, coming from the word ‘poesis,’ means ‘making,’ goes right to the heart of creativity and the desire to experiment. What is especially important however, I’ll stress, is not so much the ‘sentimental’ or ‘decorative’ aspects of poetry but rather the relation of poetry to thought, to inquiry, to universals, the construction of truths, and the seeking of knowledge.

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座谈人概况:

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Dr. Amelia Daleis an academic and poet whose poetry collectionConstitution(Inken Publisch, 2017) won Mascara Literary Review Avant-Garde Awards 2018. Her other works includeTractosaur(Troll Thread: 2015),METADATA(SOd) andGrumpy Cat 2 Reads Sanditon Chapter 2(Gauss Pdf). Her current research workThe Printed Reader: Gender, Quixotism and Textual Bodies, 1752-1800will be published by Bucknell University Press and is coming out in 2019.

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Dr. Andrew J. Carruthersis the author of Notational Experiments in North American Long Poems, 1961-2011: Stave Sightings (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017) and a dozen of academic journal articles and book chapters. He also writes and publishes poetry. Some of his most recent publications includeThe Tulip Beds: A Toneme Suite, andAXIS Book 1 Areal(Sydney: Vagabond Press, 2014).AXIS Book 2will be published in September this year.

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