Working group on the novel

Please join us for the final spring quarter meeting of the Working Group on the Novel, which will take place on Tuesday, June 6th, from 6-8pm in the Terrace Room in Margaret Jacks Hall.

Boris Shoshitaishvili, a 4th year in Comparative Literature working on epic, will be presenting an excerpt from a dissertation chapter on the Iliad. He has provided the following description: “Attending to Iliad 1 and 21, my chapter follows two of the greatest ‘transgressions’ accomplished by Achilles: 1) his role in distinguishing the political sphere from the greater whole of the epic world; and 2) his forcing a collision between the figural realm (of human beings and Olympian divine) and the non-figural realm (of nature). I am exploring in both sections how the poem harnesses the energy of conflict–what I call its “agonism” or “agonistic mode”–to bring us into immediate contact with the various realms making up the whole of the Homeric world.”

Prof. Vincent Barletta from Comparative Literature and Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University will serve as Boris’s respondent.

Dinner and drinks will be provided. We hope to see many of you there!

spring 2017

2 May Cynthia Laura Giancotti DLCL on Knausgaard’s autobiographical novel 6:00pm to 8:00pm Terrace
25 may Andrew Shepherd English on representations of Africa in speculative fiction 6:30pm to 8:30pm Pigott Hall rm 252
6 june Boris Shoshitaishvili Comp
on “The Triadic hero of the Iliad” 6:00pm to 8:00pm Terrace

winter 2017

Sylvan Goldberg English on the poetics of complicity in Godwin’s Caleb Williams 6:00pm to 8:00pm Terrace
Tasha Eccles English on Chinese detective fiction 6:00pm to 8:00pm Terrace
28 February Abigail Droge English on working-class literacy movements and the 19th-century novel 6:00pm to 8:00pm Terrace

fall 2016

Nathan Wainstein English on novelistic retention 6:00pm to 8:00pm Terrace Room
Wei Peng EALC on Chinese detective fiction 6:00pm to 8:00pm Terrace Room
6 December Natalie Deam French on the French literary response to Darwin 6:00pm to 8:00pm TBA