POYNTER CENTER ROUNDTABLE WITH PATRICK BRANTLINGER
Thursday, September 12th
The Poynter Center
618 E. Third St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
**Space is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Young**
IU Press describes Patrick Brantlinger’s new collection of essays, States of Emergency, as “An invigorating return to classic cultural studies with its concern for social justice and challenges to economic orthodoxy … a delightful mix of journalism, satire, and theory that addresses many of the most pressing issues of our time.”
In this Poynter Roundtable, Brantlinger will talk about Cultural Studies as unorthodox economics; and then focus discussion on the penultimate essay in the book, “Army Surplus,” in which he discusses unemployment, the Malthusian idea of “surplus population,” the Marxist idea of a “reserve army of labor,” and Giorgio Agamben’s theory of sovereignty and “the state of exception.” This essay attempts to explain why state-sponsored genocides occur.
Patrick Brantlinger is James Rudy Professor of English (Emeritus) at Indiana University Bloomington. His books include The Reading Lesson: Mass Literacy as Threat in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (IUP, 1998); Bread and Circuses: Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay; Crusoe’s Footprints: Cultural Studies in Britain and America; Who Killed Shakespeare? What’s Happened to English since the Radical Sixties; and Taming Cannibals: Race and the Victorians.
Poynter Roundtables highlight recent work by IUB scholars and offer an opportunity for collegial discussion with them in a casual format. Please RSVP to Emma Young at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.