Elsie Michie (LSU) will visit UTK on Thursday, Nov. 12

Elsie Michie, the chair of English at Louisiana State University, will give a talk at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville entitled “‘Counterparts and Prototypes in the Great World’: Martin Chuzzlewit and America” from 11:10 am-12:30 pm on November 12 in Melrose E-102.

Professor Michie has published on such topics as nineteenth-century women novelists, the Victorian canon, and issues of money, taste, and gender difference in the Victorian novel. Her books include Outside the Pale: Cultural Exclusion, Gender Difference and the Victorian Woman Writer (Cornell 1993) and The Vulgar Question of Money: Heiresses, Materialism, and the Novel of Manners from Jane Austen to Henry James (Hopkins 2011). She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Trollopizing the Canon about Francis Trollope’s relation to canonical Victorian Writers.

The event is free and open to the public.

Elsie Michie--Poster

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Rita Felski (Virginia) visits UTK Nov. 5 & 6

The Limits of Critique CoverRita Felski will be on campus November 5 and 6, as part of this year’s Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies Speaker Series at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

On Thursday, November 5 at 3:30pm in McClung Tower 1210, Professor Felski will lecture on “Attachment Theory.” Drawing on arguments from Bruno Latour and Antoine Hennion and an essay by Zadie Smith, her lecture will explore forms of aesthetic attachment. How and why do we become attached to works of art, and how might “attachment theory” help us make sense of this process?

On Friday, November 6, from noon to 2pm in 1210, Professor Felski will lead a discussion of her most recent book, The Limits of Critique, just published last week by the University of Chicago Press.

Rita Felski is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at the University of Virginia and the editor of New Literary History.  Her many publications include The Gender of Modernity (Harvard UP, 1995), Doing Time: Feminist Theory and Postmodern Culture (New York UP, 2000), and Uses of Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

All interested English faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend.