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Style, Ethos, Image I

Theory Center Symposium

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 10:00am

Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Theory Center Symposium

Saturday, February 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

NB: Due to illness, Professor Boris Groys’ lecture has been canceled.

How do pictures manage to present themselves to us as neither abstract signs nor mere things? Does humanistic inquiry require something more than the drive toward epistemological transparency? How do we interact with a work of art if it allows only an “inside” perspective?

These questions animate a one-day symposium with two speakers from different disciplines:

Taylor Carman (Philosophy, Barnard College)
“Merleau-Ponty on Painting and the Promiscuity of Vision”

Taylor Carman is one of the foremost phenomenologists working today. He is the author of Heidegger’s Analytic: Interpretation, Discourse, and Authenticity in Being and Time (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and of Merleau-Ponty (Routledge, 2008) as well as co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Merleau-Ponty. He has published many articles on phenomenology, existentialism, and hermeneutics, among other topics.

Jennifer L. Fleissner (English, IU)
“Romancing the Real: Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love

Jennifer L. Fleissner is the author of Women, Compulsion, Modernity: The Moment of American Naturalism (Chicago) as well as numerous essays in such venues as Critical Inquiry, ELH, American Literature, American Literary History, Novel, Studies in Romanticism, and The Cambridge History of the American Novel. Her current book project, Maladies of the Will, explores the conjoined fates of fiction, philosophy, and psychology over the long nineteenth century, in order to make an argument for the novel form as centrally concerned with the dysfunctionality of the human will.

These talk will be followed by an afternoon seminar with Taylor Carman on Image and Perspective (on Merleau-Ponty and Hubert Damisch).

For more information, visit: indiana.edu/~ctheory

This event is sponsored in part by the Department of Germanic Studies and the Department of English at Indiana University, Bloomington.