ian watt lecture in
the history and theory of the novel

thomas pavel

trusting literature : the case for the novel

27 february 2018

5:30 pm

the terrace room | margaret jacks hall


The Center for the Study of the Novel is delighted to welcome Thomas Pavel, Gordon J. Laing Distinguished Service Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, for the 2018 Ian Watt Lecture. His talk is titled “Trusting Literature: The Case of the Novel,” and will take place on February 27 at 5:30 in the Terrace Room of Margaret Jacks Hall.A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Pavel was named Chevalier des Arts et des Sciences in France in 2004 and received the Romanian Order of Cultural Merit in 2011. His most recent book, The Lives of the Novel: A History (Princeton University Press, 2013) received the 2015 Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Prize from the International Society for the Study of Narrative and the 2013 PROSE Award in Literature from Association of American Publishers, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award.

Light refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

The Ian Watt Lecture in the History and Theory of the Novel is named in commemoration of the renowned literary critic and Stanford professor, whose work has profoundly influenced the study of the novel for over 50 years. Delivered annually, the lecture represents a significant occasion for the Stanford community to engage with critical questions that continue to surround the novel as a literary form. In the past, our distinguished speakers have included Fredric Jameson, Nancy Ruttenburg, Benedict Anderson, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Zadie Smith, J.M. Coetzee, Michael McKeon, Nicholas Dames, and—most recently—Amanda Anderson.