The Portland Center for Public Humanities presents: Rita Felski - "Context Stinks!"
Lecture: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Location: Smith Memorial Student Union 298
The title "Context Stinks!" is drawn from Bruno Latour, which speaks to Felski's reservations about usual methods of historicizing and contextualizing works of art. The equation of context with original historical context fails to account for the transtemporal influence and impact of works of art, while also minimizing or denying their agency.
Dr. Rita Felski is a professor of Literary Theory and Aesthetics at the University of Virginia. Her current research centers on questions of method and interpretation. Her recent manifesto, “The Uses of Literature” is a neo-phenomenological investigation of aesthetic experiences such as recognition, enchantment, and shock. Her work in progress is on the hermeneutics of suspicion. In addition she has a longstanding interests in feminist theory, modernity and postmodernity, genre, specifically tragedy, and cultural studies.