The English Department sponsors a variety of lectures, talks, and discussions each year. The English Lecture Series began in the 2010-2011 academic year, while the Majors Talk Series began in 2011-2012 as the brainchild of the Majors Committee. Various panels and discussions have included English major alums discussing the importance of the English major in their careers, as well as faculty describing their interest in the field of literature. Listed here are events past and present.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
04:30 pm - 06:00 pm
John Plotz (Brandeis University) lectures on his forthcoming book, Semi-Detached: The Aesthetics of Partial Absorption . Semi-Detached is about what it means to get partially drawn in to a work of art. In it, Plotz asks, When youve half lost yourself in a book, what happens to the half left behind? Artworks are like virtual worlds that allow their audiences to feel that they are simultaneously inside and outside of themboth in an art gallery looking at a painting, and somehow within the world that painting depicts. Plotz offers a genealogy of 19th-century ideas about the partial immersion produced by novels, poems, and panoramas. That genealogy, he argues, can shed light on modern-day versions of world-blocking absorption: Virtual worlds, immersive gaming, even texting and Facebook.