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The Critical Speaker Series, hosted by the Department of English and Comparative Literature, welcomes its third and final speaker for the spring semester, Anna Kornbluh.

Dr. Korbluh is a Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where her interests center on Victorian literature and Critical Theory, with a special emphasis on formalism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, and theory of the novel. She is the author of The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space (University of Chicago, 2019),  Marxist Film Theory and Fight Club (Bloomsbury “Film Theory in Practice” series, 2019), and Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form (Fordham UP, 2014).  Her current research concerns impersonality, objectivity, mediation, and abstraction as residual faculties of the literary in privatized urgent times.  She is the founding facilitator of two scholarly cooperatives: V21 Collective and InterCcECT.

On Monday, March 28, at 3 PM, Dr. Kornbluh will join us in person for her lecture entitled “Antifictionality: Immediacy as Literary Style.” The lecture will take place in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Ballroom and is open to all students, faculty, and staff. You can register for the event HERE.

Monday evening, following the lecture, CSS will host a dinner with Dr. Kornbluh for grad students at Luna Rotisserie in Carrboro (time TBD). Space for the dinner is limited, so if you’re interested in attending, please reach out to Brendan Chambers ASAP (

On Tuesday, March 29, at 11 AM, Dr. Kornbluh will lead an in-person workshop entitled “Antitheory: Immediacy Style in the Ruins of the University.” The workshop will take place in Donovan Lounge and is open to grad students. You can register for the workshop HERE.

This is the last Critical Speaker Series of the 2021-2022 academic year. Thank you to our speakers, and stay tuned for more events in the fall!

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