Seminar sessions are held on Thursdays from 5 – 7 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.
This seminar, which debuted 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.
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Seminar Schedule 2014-2015
Günter Leypoldt, Universität Heidelberg
“Survival Skills, or, Work and Plague”
Theodore Martin, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
“Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, and the Eyewitness Problem”
Rachel Galvin, Johns Hopkins University
“The Squared City”
Jesús Costantino, University of Notre Dame
“A Theatre and a Battleground: Professions of Childhood in New York of the 1940s”
Sean McCann, Wesleyan University
“Walden’s Carbon Footprint: People, Plants, Animals, and Machines in the Making of an Environmental Classic”
Eric Slauter, University of Chicago
“White City, Black Metropolis”
Liesl Olson, Newberry Library