21st-Century Theories of Literature: Ethics, Tropes, Attunement University of Warwick, 6-8/4/2017 Thursday 6/8, Humanities Building



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21st-Century Theories of Literature: Ethics, Tropes, Attunement

University of Warwick, 6-8/4/2017

Thursday 6/8, Humanities Building
17.00-19.30 (H076, Humanities Studio) Reception, poetry reading, refreshments.

Friday 7/4, Humanities Building
9.00 Registration


    1. Parallel sessions 1


1a (H076, Humanities Studio, chair Andrea Selleri)

  • Aleksejs Taube (University of Latvia): Defamiliarization of the Disengaged Self in Andrew Miller’s Ingenious Pain

  • Patrick Fessenbecker (Bilkent University): Integrities, Ethical and Otherwise

  • Ryan Trimm (University of Rhode Island): The Affective Economies of Atonement: Literary history as ethical and political practice


1b (Room H103, chair Giulia Zanfabro)

  • Emmanouil Aretoulakis (National Kapodistrian University of Athens): The Ethics of Representing Asymmetric Violence through the Novel: A post-aesthetic approach

  • Tammy Amiel Houser (Open University of Israel): Narratives of Care as Philosophical Enquiries: Reading Zadie Smith’s Embassy of Cambodia (2013)

  • Randy Ramal (University of Zurich): Tragic Limitrophies: Philosophy and literature on letting animals speak for themselves


11.00 Refreshments
11.30 Keynote session 1 (H076, Humanities Studio, chair Emma Williams)

Derek Attridge (University of York): Ethics, Reason, and the Conversion Experience: J.M. Coetzee and the Philosophers

Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire): Neglect in Action & Action in Neglect: Ian McEwan's The Children Act
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Parallel sessions 2
2a (H076, Humanities Studio, chair Eileen John)


  • Adia Mendelson-Maoz (Open University of Israel): On Analogy, Empathy, and the Risk of False Pretention. Case study: Israeli literary representations of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  • Samuel O’Donoghue (Spanish National Research Council): Immoral Empathy? The ethics of reading Holocaust fiction

  • Layla Raïd (University of Picardy): Literature, Attention to Particulars and Moral Resistance: The case of Jean Rhys’ exile novels

2b (H103, chair t.b.c.)

  • Chiara Alfano (Kingston University): Reading for Attunement: Cavell and Shakespeare

  • Alex Underwood (University of Warwick): title t.b.c.

  • Filip Niklas (University of Warwick): Collingwood and Attunement: Philosophy in the school of the poets


15.30 Refreshments
16.00 Keynote session 2 (H076, Humanities Studio, chair Andrea Selleri)
Anthony Ossa-Richardson (University of Southampton): Is Ambiguity a Trope?

Catherine Wearing (Wellesley College): Finding Meaning in Metaphors


17.30 Drinks reception
19.00 Conference dinner (Scarman Dining Hall)

Saturday 8/4, Humanities Building
9.30 Parallel sessions 3
3a (H076, Humanities Studio, chair Marianna Ginocchietti)

  • Ellen Dengel-Janic (University of Tübingen): Poetic Justice and Narrative Ethics in Ian McEwan’s Saturday (2005)

  • Konrad Banicki (Jagiellonian University, Cracow): Literature and the Cultivation of Loving Attention

  • Maria Silvia Vaccarezza (University of Genoa): ‘A huge hall of reflection’: Iris Murdoch on Literature as a Guide to Morals


3b (H103, chair Alex Underwood)

  • Leo Bazzurro (University of Warwick): The Philosophical Poetry of Juan Luís Martínez

  • Peter Ely (Kingston University): The Ethics of the ‘Secret’ in Jackie Kay’s Trumpet

  • Tania Ganitsky (University of Warwick): ‘Let’s get lost’: Dickinson’s Structure of Address


11.00 Refreshments
11.30 Keynote session 3 (H076, Humanities Studio, chair Eileen John)
Antonio Iannarone, on behalf of Claudia Brodsky (Princeton): Standing … a Chance

Maximilian de Gaynesford (Reading): title tbc


13.00 Lunch
14.00 Parallel sessions 4
4a (H076, Humanities Studio, chair Marianna Ginocchietti)

  • Michela Bariselli (University of Reading): Beckett’s Humour: De-valuing and re-assessing processes

  • Birgit Breidenbach (University of Warwick): ‘Into Murphy’s heart it would not enter’: Ontological and Aesthetic Attunement in Heidegger and Beckett

  • Sinkwan Cheng (University College London): Negation, Alterity, and What Philosophy Can Tell Us About Modernism


4b (H103, chair Emmanouil Aretoulakis)

  • Francesco Campana (University of Padua): Hegel as a Philosopher of Literature

  • Jennifer Crone (University of Sydney): Attuning Kant’s Reflective Judgement and Whitehead’s Propositions to Louise Glück’s Poem ‘The Drowned Children’

  • Philip Mills (Royal Holloway, University of London): Style in Philosophy: Nietzsche and Wittgenstein


15.30 Tea/coffee break
16.00 Roundtable (chair t.b.c.)
17.00 Conference ends

With the support of the British Society of Aesthetics and Warwick’s Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts


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