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Indiana University Bloomington

Exemplaria Symposium

“Surface, Symptom, and the State of Critique,” held at the University of Texas, Austin. February 9-12, 2012. Co-sponsored by Indiana University and Mary Washington University.

Friday, February 10, 2012, 9:00-10:30am — Strategies of Reading
Chair: Peggy McCracken

  1. Ben Saunders — “Surface Reading / Professional Symptom”
  2. Geraldine Heng — “Surface and Depth, Local and Global: The Politics of Critical Attention in the 21st Century”
  3. Michelle Warren — “The Ar-ar-ar-chive”

Friday, February 10, 2012, 11:00am-12:30pm — Skin and Body
Chair: Tison Pugh

  1. Julie Orlemanski — “Medial Body / Figural Body”
  2. Catherine Brown — “A Feel for Manuscript”
  3. Sarah Kay — “Surface and Depth on a Bestiary Page”

Friday, February 10, 2012, 2:00-4:00pm — Politics
Chair: Patricia Clare Ingham

  1. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen — “Ethics, Objects, Networks”
  2. George Edmondson — “Crisis Mode”
  3. L.O. Aranye Fradenburg — “I Don't Know About Your Brain, But Mine is Really Bossy”

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 9:30-11:00am — Historicity
Chair: W. Joseph Taylor

  1. Carolyn Dinshaw — “Free Reading: Amateurs and the Discipline of Literary Studies”
  2. James Simpson — “Getting Medieval on Political Animals: How We Read (Bodily) Remains (Out)”
  3. Ethan Knapp — “Medieval Studies in a Secular Age”

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 11:30am-1:00pm — Gender
Chair: Joseph Campana

  1. Ruth Evans — “Feminist Criticism: Back to the Future?”
  2. Deanna Shemek — “Surface, Depth, and the Interpretive Shuttle: The Case of Early Modern Women's Letters”
  3. Sara S. Poor — “Living on the Surface: The Resistance to Symptomatic Reading in Medieval German Studies”

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 2:30-4:30pm — Questions of Depth
Chair: Jonathan P. Lamb

  1. Constance Furey — “Disturbing Familiarity: Literal Reading and the Question of Transcendence"
  2. Mark Chinca — “Naming and Negation”
  3. Karma Lochrie — “Reading Pastimes, or The Way We Read Then
  4. Henry Turner — “Reading the Book of Nature: Surface, Symptom and Science in the Work of Francis Bacon”

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 9:00-10:30am — Final Comments
Chair: Ruth Evans

  1. Patricia Clare Ingham
  2. Randy Schiff
  3. Noah Guynn
  4. Geraldine Heng