ian watt lecture in
the history and theory of the novel
The Tragic and the Ordinary:
The Case of Eliot and Winnicott

Thursday 9 March
5:30 pm
Terrace Room
Margaret Jacks Hall

The Center for the Study of the Novel is delighted to be hosting Amanda Anderson, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English at Brown University, to deliver the 2017 Ian Watt Lecture: “The Tragic and the Ordinary: The Case of Eliot and Winnicott.” The event will take place on March 9 at 5.30pm in the Terrace Room of Margaret Jacks.

Professor Anderson specializes in 19th- and 20th-century literature and culture, with a focus on modern self-understanding, disciplinary methodology, and the place of critique and argumentation across philosophy and literature. Her works include The Way We Argue Now: A Study in the Cultures of Theory (Princeton, 2006); The Powers of Distance: Cosmopolitanism and the Cultivation of Detachment (Princeton, 2001); Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture (Cornell, 1993); and Bleak Liberalism (Chicago, 2016).

She has delivered the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford (2015) on the theme of “Psyche and Ethos” and has previously served as director of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell.