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168. Defining Form

Friday, 6 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 616, WSCC

A special session

Presiding: Colleen Rosenfeld, Pomona Coll.

Speakers: Susannah Hollister, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Caroline E. Levine, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; Colleen Rosenfeld; Scott A. Trudell, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick; Henry S. Turner, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick

Responding: Jacqueline D. Wernimont, Scripps Coll.

Session Description:

The study of individual forms has been central to literary criticism of the past century, but scholars have been less interested in defining the concept of form itself. The potential for an inquiry into form has been obscured by a series of polarized debates about the relative importance of formal analysis to cultural studies. Without a sustained attempt to define form, the concept easily doubles as both straw man and rallying cry. This roundtable will ask, "What is form?"


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