The theoretical significance and formal innovation of Roland Barthes’s late work, especially his lectures, has yet to receive the international attention it deserves. This conference will explore Barthes’s oeuvre in light of the publication of How to Live Together (2012), the final installment of his lecture courses. The tightrope he walks between the forms of the novel and the essay, the evolution of his writing and thinking, the engagement of his work with literary or cultural texts, and the relationship of his work to critical theory, as well as to any and all other disciplines, is open for discussion.
Apr 25, 6:30pm, Room 9206–07: Keynote Talk by Rosalind E. Krauss
Apr 26, 10:30am, Elebash Recital Hall: Keynote Talk by Jonathan Culler
Apr 26, 5:00pm, Room 9204–05: Keynote Panel with Diana Knight, D.A. Miller, and Lucy O'Meara
See website for details: barthesconference2013.wordpress.com/
Cosponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature; Department of English; Doctoral Students' Council; English Students Association; Office of the Provost; Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies; and Columbia University Press.