Guest lecture: Vincent Sherry

Guest lecture: Vincent Sherry

Bare Death: The Failing Sacrifice of the Great War

Professor Vincent Sherry (Washington University in St. Louis)

Tuesday March 22nd, 5pm

NYU English Department, 244 Greene St, Event Space

Professor Vincent Sherry has written acclaimed work on topics including modernism, decadence and the first world war. His books include Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence (Cambridge 2014), The Great War and the Language of Modernism (Oxford 2003) and Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis and Radical Modernism (Oxford 1993). Now, on March 22nd, he is coming to NYU to give a guest lecture entitled ‘Bare Death: The Failing Sacrifice of the Great War.’ After the lecture there will be time for questions and a drinks reception.

The event is free, and there is no need to RSVP. if you have any questions, please contact

For more on Professor Sherry’s biography click here.

Co-Sponsored by the Modern and Contemporary Colloquium

NYU Cultures of War and the Post-War Research Collaborative


Henri Bergson Reading Group

Henri Bergson Reading Group

This April, the Modern and Contemporary Colloquium will be hosting a reading group mini-series on Henri Bergson for M.A. and Ph.D. students in the English and Comparative Literature departments at NYU and other New York colleges. Bergson’s 1889 Time and Free Will (originally titled Essai sur les données immediates de la conscience)in which Bergson explains the theory of duration (la dureé), was an important work for the philosophy of time and consciousness, for literary modernism, and for twentieth century continental philosophy.

Whatever you work on, getting to grips with Bergson’s Time and Free Will could be advantageous. We will be reading a modern English translation. Here are the exact details:

The book is divided into three sections; correspondingly, the reading group will meet three times. The meetings will take place on April 6th, 13th, 20th at 5.30-7.30 in 194 Mercer Street, Room 205. There will be a fourth session on April 27th: this final event will be an opportunity to discuss the text, and how it might inform our work, not in a seminar but in the more casual setting of a wine reception. This last will take place in the NYU Department of English Event Space (244 Greene St, Room 102) at 5.30pm.

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Spring 2011 Modern Colloquium Dates

The Modern Colloquium will convene on the following dates of the Spring 2011 semester. All sessions take place in the Great Room (Room 222 of 19 University Place). Details on the sessions will follow.

Friday, February 25, 3-5pm

  • Lecture by Richard Godden: “Bret Easton Ellis: Fictions of Fictitious Capital.” Richard Godden, Professor of English at UC Irvine, is the author of William Faulkner: An Economy of Complex Words (2007); Fictions of Labor: William Faulkner and the South’s Long Revolution (1997); and Fictions of Capital: The American Novel from James to Mailer (1990).
  • Suggested reading for Richard Godden’s talk includes the opening section of Lunar Park, called “Beginnings,” and this short selection: Lunar Park.

Friday, March 25, 3-5pm

  • TBA

Friday, April 15, 3-5pm

  • Lecture by Paul Crosthwaite: “‘Like a Flood or an Earthquake’: Trauma and the Representation of Financial Crises.” Paul Crosthwaite of Cardiff University is the author of Trauma, Postmodernism, and the Aftermath of World War II (2009) and the editor of Criticism, Crisis, and Contemporary Narrative: Textual Horizons in an Age of Global Risk (2010).