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654. Can Affective Criticism Read Material History in Literature?

Wednesday, 11 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Clark, Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by the Marxist Literary Group

Presiding: Emilio Sauri, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston

Speakers: Jon Beasley-Murray, Univ. of British Columbia; Eugenio Di Stefano, Univ. of Nebraska, Omaha; Rita Felski, Univ. of Virginia; Jonathan Flatley, Wayne State Univ.; Mathias Nilges, Saint Francis Xavier Univ.; Jen Phillis, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

Session Description:

This roundtable examines the epistemological uneasiness that exists between affective criticism and conceptualizations of time, history, and material reality in the context of literary criticism. By bringing these concepts into conversation, this roundtable asks how an affective literary criticism might allow us to speak to some of the fundamental problems/crises literary studies faces today.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Literary Criticism and Theory

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