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Critical Speaker Series

The Critical Speaker Series of the Department of English and Comparative Literature features outstanding and innovative scholars in the literary humanities. It showcases their contributions for the larger University community and the public.

For more information, please contact David Baker.

2019-20 Critical Speakers Series

Nan Z. Da

Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame


Tracking Devices: King Lear and Modern China

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
3:00 p.m.
Pleasants Room, Wilson Library


Literary Critical Justice

Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:30 p.m.
Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall



Jennifer Fleissner

Professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington


Vitalizing the Bildungsroman

Thursday, November 14, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Toy Lounge, Dey Hall


Post-Rational Personhood in Contemporary Criticism and Its Turn-of-the-Century Precursors

Thursday, November 15, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall




Videos from past Critical Speakers Series






Cary Wolfe (Rice University): “Autoimmunities” (September 26, 2019)







Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania): “The Book that Came in from the Cold: Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt” (January 25, 2017)




Jack Halberstam, University of Southern California: “Becoming Feral: Sex, Death, and Falconry” (April 2016)




Alan Liu, University of California at Santa Barbara: “Key Trends in the Digital Humanities: How the Digital Humanities Challenge the Idea of the Humanities” (February 9, 2016)




Laura L. Knoppers, University of Notre Dame: “‘By her owne directions’: Margaret Cavendish, Gender, and Early Modern Medicine” (September 30, 2015)



Pamela Smith, Columbia University: “From Matter to Ideas: Making Natural Knowledge in Early Modern Europe” (April 7, 2014)




Jonathan Kramnick, The Johns Hopkins University: “Presence of Mind” (March 6, 2014)




Michael McKeon, Rutgers University: “The Origins of the English Novel in the Parody of Family Romance” (March 6, 2013)



Mark McGurl, Stanford University: “The Institution of Nothing: David Foster Wallace and Taxes” (November 27, 2012)



Adrian Johns, University of Chicago: “The Invention of Scientific Reading” (April 10, 2012)