Seminar sessions are held on Thursdays from 5 – 7 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.
This seminar, debuting in 2013, provides a forum for works in progress that explore the history of American Literature. It does so at a moment when the field’s central concepts – of historicism as a mode of literary study, of national literatures, of the distinctiveness of the literary – are under some pressure. We are particularly interested in writing that in some way exemplifies, responds to or significantly acknowledges this pressure, while at the same time engaging specific literary or critical texts.
The seminar is sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Department of English
Language and Literature at the University of Chicago.
“The Old Weird”
“The Twenty-first Century American Novel: An Anatomy”
“The Black Book and the End of History”
“An America(n)? Exception: Anna Julia Cooper and the Problem of Blackness”