Tuesday 3 December 17:15 - 18:30

Chadwick Building, Lecture Theatre B05
University College London
Gower Street

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UCL Tagore Lecture with Professor Rita Felski


Hooked: Art and Attachment

Rita Felski is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English, University of Virginia and Niels Bohr Professor, University of Southern Denmark.

Professor Felski is one of the most influential figures in literary studies today. Her claims about "the limits of critique" and "the postcritical turn" continue to engage both scholars in the field and broader audiences. Felski's books include Critique and Postcritique (Duke University Press, 2017, co-edited with Elizabeth Anker), The Limits of Critique (Chicago University Press, 2015), Uses of Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and Literature after Feminism (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Felski’s talk makes a case for attachment as a key word for the humanities. To be attached is to be affected or moved and also to be linked or tied. It includes passion and compassion, but also ethical, political, intellectual, or other bonds. Drawing on a range of examples, Felski will discuss two common attachment devices: identification and attunement. She will conclude by clarifying the relevance of attachment for pedagogy and for practices of interpretation in the classroom.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Roberts Building Foyer G02.


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