Department Calendar

November 2017

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"Plain Text: the Poetics of Computation," Dennis Tenen at the Heyman Center

"Plain Text: the Poetics of Computation," Dennis Tenen at the Heyman Center

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:15pm
Location: 
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room
Event Category: 
Books

This book challenges the ways we read, write, store, and retrieve information in the digital age. Computers—from electronic books to smart phones—play an active role in our social lives. Our technological choices thus entail theoretical and political commitments. Dennis Tenen takes up today's strange enmeshing of humans, texts, and machines to argue that our most ingrained intuitions about texts are profoundly alienated from the physical contexts of their intellectual production. Drawing on a range of primary sources from both literary theory and software engineering, he makes a case for a more transparent practice of human–computer interaction. Plain Text is thus a rallying call, a frame of mind as much as a file format. It reminds us, ultimately, that our devices also encode specific modes of governance and control that must remain available to interpretation.

Dennis Tenen is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he is a Co-Founder of Columbia's Group for Experimental Research Methods in the Humanities.

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11/02/2017 - 6:15pm
 
"Who Has an 'I'?: Testimony in Medieval England," Patricia Dailey and Paul Strohm

"Who Has an 'I'?: Testimony in Medieval England," Patricia Dailey and Paul Strohm

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 5:00pm
Location: 
405 Barnard Hall
Event Category: 
Talks

Nov 3 - The Medieval Colloquium invites you to a conversation between Professor Patricia Dailey (Columbia University) and Professor Paul Strohm (NYU, Emeritus Columbia University). The speakers will give short presentations, followed by general discussion. Paul Strohm will offer brief observations on typical features of medieval legal testimony, and will then move to some more specific suggestions (drawn from the documents of the Gunpowder Plot) about the emergence within legal discourse of what he calls the "Testimonial 'I.'" Patricia Dailey will explore some of the complexities of the testimonial “I” in the Old English “Swerian” — oath taking, looking at the relation between the individual and the community, the role of formulaic language, and the role of the body in the absence of the “I.”

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11/03/2017 - 5:00pm
 
 
 
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Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures given by Edward Mendelson

Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures given by Edward Mendelson

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 8:00pm
Location: 
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
Event Category: 
Talks

THE UNIVERSITY SEMINARS &  COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY  PRESS announce the twenty-fourth series of  the

LEONARD HASTINGS SCHOFF MEMORIAL LECTURES to be given by

Edward Mendelson

Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia

MEDICINE, EMPIRE, LOVE: THE INNER LIFE OF MRS  DALLOWAY

I. MEDICINE - Monday, November 13, 2017, 8 P.M.

II. EMPIRE - Monday, November 20, 2017, 8 P.M.

III. LOVE - Monday, November 27, 2017, 8 P.M.

Virginia Woolf’s fourth novel Mrs. Dalloway (1925) records the thoughts and acts of a half-dozen unexceptional people in the course of a single day. Yet, through the intensity of its focus, the book also portrays vast panoramas of history and civilization and profound emotional complexities and moral depths. These talks focus on three aspects of this endlessly illuminating book. The first, “Medicine,” explores Virginia Woolf's understanding of bodily and mental illness and well-being. The second, “Empire,” concerns her understanding of the power of large impersonal forces over individual lives. The third, “Love,” is about the real and possible relations that her characters experience with themselves and with others.

Edward Mendelson is the Lionel  Trilling  Professor  in  the  Humanities  at  Columbia  and  the  Literary  Executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden. His books include Early Auden, Later Auden: A Critical Biography; The   Things that Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say about the Stages of Life; and Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-  Century American Writers. He has edited eight volumes of The Complete Works of W. H. Auden and many other selected and collected  editions  of  Auden’s  writings.  He  has  also  edited  novels  by  Anthony  Trollope,  George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, H. G.  Wells,  and  Arnold  Bennett.  He  is  a  frequent  contributor  to  The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, TLS, The London Review of Books, The New Republic,        and other publications. He has been a Contributing Editor at PC Magazine since 1987. He is a member of the  American  Academy  of  Arts  and  Sciences  and  of  the  American  Philosophical Society.

LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC |Reception immediately following each lecture  All lectures are held in Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive

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11/13/2017 - 8:00pm
 
 
 
"Reading Jane Austen" -- Jenny Davidson at the Heyman Center

"Reading Jane Austen" -- Jenny Davidson at the Heyman Center

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 1:00pm
Location: 
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room
Event Category: 
Books

Reading Jane Austen
by Jenny Davidson

Whether you're new to Austen's work or know it backwards and forwards already, this book provides a clear, full and highly engaging account of how Austen's fiction works and why it matters. Exploring new pathways into the study of Jane Austen's writing, novelist and academic Jenny Davidson looks at Austen's work through a writer's lens, addressing formal questions about narration, novel writing, and fictional composition as well as themes including social and women's history, morals and manners. Introducing new readers to the breadth and depth of Jane Austen's writing, and offering new insights to those more familiar with Austen's work, Jenny Davidson celebrates the art and skill of one of the most popular and influential writers in the history of English literature.

http://heymancenter.org/events/jane-austen-in-public-life/

 

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11/17/2017 - 1:00pm
 
 
 
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Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures given by Edward Mendelson

Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures given by Edward Mendelson

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 8:00pm
Location: 
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
Event Category: 
Talks

THE UNIVERSITY SEMINARS &  COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY  PRESS announce the twenty-fourth series of  the

LEONARD HASTINGS SCHOFF MEMORIAL LECTURES to be given by

Edward Mendelson

Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia

MEDICINE, EMPIRE, LOVE: THE INNER LIFE OF MRS  DALLOWAY

I. MEDICINE - Monday, November 13, 2017, 8 P.M.

II. EMPIRE - Monday, November 20, 2017, 8 P.M.

III. LOVE - Monday, November 27, 2017, 8 P.M.

Virginia Woolf’s fourth novel Mrs. Dalloway (1925) records the thoughts and acts of a half-dozen unexceptional people in the course of a single day. Yet, through the intensity of its focus, the book also portrays vast panoramas of history and civilization and profound emotional complexities and moral depths. These talks focus on three aspects of this endlessly illuminating book. The first, “Medicine,” explores Virginia Woolf's understanding of bodily and mental illness and well-being. The second, “Empire,” concerns her understanding of the power of large impersonal forces over individual lives. The third, “Love,” is about the real and possible relations that her characters experience with themselves and with others.

Edward Mendelson is the Lionel  Trilling  Professor  in  the  Humanities  at  Columbia  and  the  Literary  Executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden. His books include Early Auden, Later Auden: A Critical Biography; The   Things that Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say about the Stages of Life; and Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-  Century American Writers. He has edited eight volumes of The Complete Works of W. H. Auden and many other selected and collected  editions  of  Auden’s  writings.  He  has  also  edited  novels  by  Anthony  Trollope,  George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, H. G.  Wells,  and  Arnold  Bennett.  He  is  a  frequent  contributor  to  The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, TLS, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, and other publications. He has been a Contributing Editor at PC Magazine since 1987. He is a member of the  American  Academy  of  Arts  and  Sciences  and  of  the  American  Philosophical Society.

LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC |Reception immediately following each lecture  All lectures are held in Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive

 

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Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures given by Edward Mendelson

Leonard Hastings Schoff Memorial Lectures given by Edward Mendelson

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 8:00pm
Location: 
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
Event Category: 
Talks

THE UNIVERSITY SEMINARS &  COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY  PRESS announce the twenty-fourth series of  the

LEONARD HASTINGS SCHOFF MEMORIAL LECTURES to be given by

Edward Mendelson

Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia

MEDICINE, EMPIRE, LOVE: THE INNER LIFE OF MRS  DALLOWAY

I. MEDICINE - Monday, November 13, 2017, 8 P.M.

II. EMPIRE - Monday, November 20, 2017, 8 P.M.

III. LOVE - Monday, November 27, 2017, 8 P.M.

Virginia Woolf’s fourth novel Mrs. Dalloway (1925) records the thoughts and acts of a half-dozen unexceptional people in the course of a single day. Yet, through the intensity of its focus, the book also portrays vast panoramas of history and civilization and profound emotional complexities and moral depths. These talks focus on three aspects of this endlessly illuminating book. The first, “Medicine,” explores Virginia Woolf's understanding of bodily and mental illness and well-being. The second, “Empire,” concerns her understanding of the power of large impersonal forces over individual lives. The third, “Love,” is about the real and possible relations that her characters experience with themselves and with others.

Edward Mendelson is the Lionel  Trilling  Professor  in  the  Humanities  at  Columbia  and  the  Literary  Executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden. His books include Early Auden, Later Auden: A Critical Biography; The   Things that Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have to Say about the Stages of Life; and Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-  Century American Writers. He has edited eight volumes of The Complete Works of W. H. Auden and many other selected and collected  editions  of  Auden’s  writings.  He  has  also  edited  novels  by  Anthony  Trollope,  George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, H. G.  Wells,  and  Arnold  Bennett.  He  is  a  frequent  contributor  to  The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, TLS, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, and other publications. He has been a Contributing Editor at PC Magazine since 1987. He is a member of the  American  Academy  of  Arts  and  Sciences  and  of  the  American  Philosophical Society.

LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC |Reception immediately following each lecture  All lectures are held in Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive

 

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11/27/2017 - 8:00pm
 
 
 
Screening of The Graduate, Maura Spiegel

Screening of The Graduate, Maura Spiegel

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: 
511 Dodge Hall
Event Category: 
Talks

Nov 30 - Prof. Maura Spiegel will be joining Mark Harris and Shari Springer Berman in a panel discussing the legacy of Mike Nichol's 1967 film The Graduate. This event is  presented by Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts, and supported by the Kaye Family.

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11/30/2017 - 7:00pm
 
 
 
 
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