Much attention is being paid to infrastructure and engineering across the humanities disciplines, including literary criticism. This talk asks, What is standardization? Where does its history begin? How might one theorize a process too often hazily reduced to "any set of agreed-upon rules for...production"? What would a criticism attuned to establishment of the meter and the imperial yard look like, given that metrology, the science of measurement, is so fundamental to the rise of modern standardization.
Presented by Jonathan Grossman, UCLA