“Modernism & Rhetoric”: A Workshop, Featuring MDRN (Leuven)
Friday, November 15, 9:30am – 5pm
244 Greene St. – “The Event Space”
Literary history has traditionally characterized Modernism as an anti-rhetorical enterprise. Wishing to install a clear dividing line between rhetoric and literature, and to exclude rhetorical forms of expression from their literary language, prominent modernist writers allegedly moved from a sociolect to an idiolect.
The Modern & Contemporary Colloquium is excited to host a workshop that will pressure these suppositions through a series of talks from Sascha Bru & Anke Gilleir (Leuven), Matthias Somers (Leuven), John Guillory (NYU), Ken Hirschkop (U of Waterloo), and Peter Nicholls & Richard Sieburth (NYU). Please see the program below for full details.
This workshop seeks to spur collaborative, radial approaches to insistent problematics. Vocal participation will be appreciated.
MDRN (Leuven) and New York University
Contact email: Peter Nicholls, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Sieburth, “The Sound of Pound”
Peter Nicholls, “Modernism and the Limits of Lyric”
Sascha Bru teaches literary theory at the University of Leuven, where he also co-directs MDRN, a large-scale research group that focuses on European modernist and avant-garde writing (see: http://www.mdrn.be). Bru has published widely on theory, modernism and avant-garde writing. He is the author of Democracy, Law and the Modernist Avant-Gardes. Writing in the State of Exception (2009) and the forthcoming The European Avant-Gardes, 1905-1935. A Portable Guide. Books he (co-)edited include The Oxford Cultural and Critical History of Modernist Magazines, Vol III: Europe (2013), The Aesthetics of Matter: Modernism, the Avant-Garde and Material Exchange (2013), Wittgenstein Reading (2013), Regarding the Popular: Modernism, the Avant-Garde and Popular Culture (2011), and Europa! Europa? The Avant-Garde, Modernism and the Fate of a Continent (2009). Bru is also editor of the book series European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (Berlin: Mouton/de Gruyter) and Avant-Garde: Critical Studies (Amsterdam: Rodopi).
Anke Gilleir studied German and English at the University of Leuven and Trinity College Dublin. She was research fellow at the Humboldt University in Berlin and is currently associate professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Leuven (Belgium). She has published widely on modern German women’s literature from the Enlightenment to late modernism, on gender and subjectivity, and on literature, politics and aesthetics. Recent publications include: Women Writing Back/Writing Women Back. Transnational Persectives from the late Middle Ages to the Dawn of the Modern Era (2010, with Alicia Montoya and Suzan van Dijk); Textmaschinenkörper. Genderorientierte Lektüren des Androiden (2006, with Eva Kormann and Angelika Schlimmer). With Barbara Hahn she has edited a volume on the work of the modernist German-Jewish author and philosopher Margarete Suman: Grenzgänge zwischen Dichtung, Philosophie und Kulturkritik. Über Margarete Susman (2012). She is currently working on a book entitled Schmerz und Lust. Weibliche Avantgarde in Deutschland (Pain and Lust. The Women Avant-Garde in Germany).
Matthias Somers holds MA degrees in English and Greek Literature and Literary Studies, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Leuven, preparing a doctoral dissertation on modernist literature and rhetorical theories and practices in the early 20th century. He is a member of the Leuven-based research group MDRN, and co-authored a chapter on Robert Musil and public speaking in the collectively written Modern Times. Literary Change (2013).
John Guillory is Silver Professor and Professor of English at New York University. His research interests are in Renaissance poetry and prose; Shakespeare; Milton; literature and science in the Renaissance; the history of rhetoric; the history of criticism; the sociology of literary study; twentieth-century literary theory. His publications include Poetic Authority: Spenser, Milton and Literary History (Columbia Univ. Press, 1983), Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1993), What’s Left of Theory? New Work on the Politics of Theory, co-ed. with Judith Butler and Kendall Thomas (Routledge, 2000).
Ken Hirschkop is Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo, where he teaches on both the English Literature and Rhetoric programs. He is the author of Mikhail Bakhtin: An Aesthetic for Democracy (OUP, 1999), co-author of Benjamin’s Arcades: an unGuided tour (MUP, 2005), and writes on twentieth-century cultural politics and the philosophy of language. He is currently completing Linguistic Turns, 1890-1950: Writing on Language as Social Theory.
In addition to his various translations from the French and German, in the field of Pound studies, Richard Sieburth has published Instigations: Ezra Pound and Remy de Gourmont, Signs into Action: Pound/Michaux, as well as editions (for New Directions) of Pound’s Walking Tour in Southern France, The Pisan Cantos, New Selected Poems and Translations, and (for The Library of America) of Pound’s Poems & Translations. He is currently preparing an edition (for New Directions) of Pound’s Late Venice Notebooks. He teaches French and Comparative Literature at NYU.
Peter Nicholls is Henry James Professor and Professor of English at New York University. His publications include Ezra Pound: Politics, Economics and Writing (Humanities Press, 1985), Modernisms: A Literary Guide (2nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism (OUP, 2007), and many articles and essays on literature and theory. He has recently co-edited The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature (CUP, 2004), On Bathos (Continuum, 2010) and Thinking Poetry (Routledge, 2013). He is currently US associate editor of Textual Practice.
10.00-10.45 Sascha Bru & Anke Gilleir, “Brecht and the Verfremdung of Speech”
10.45-11.15 Q & A
11.15-11.45 Matthias Somers, “Educating Writers and Their Readers: Academic Rhetoric in the Age of Modernism”
11.45-12.15 Q & A
12.15-1.00 Lunch (First Floor)
1.00-1.30 John Guillory, “Marshall McLuhan, Rhetoric, and the Emergence of Media Studies”
1.30-2.00 Q & A
2.00-2.30 Ken Hirschkop, “Rhetoric, Magic, Myth, and the Revolution”
2.30-3.00 Q & A
3.00-4.00 Peter Nicholls & Richard Sieburth, “Ezra Pound and the Rhetoric of Address”
4.00-4.30 Q & A
4.30-6.00 Drinks Reception