CIDRAL Key Ideas seminar: Bryan Cheyette (Reading), 'The Metaphorical Thinking of Zygmunt Bauman'
|Dates:||19 February 2020|
|Times:||14:00 - 16:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Current University students|
This event is part of CIDRAL's Public Intellectuals, Popularity and Populism programmes
Professor Bryan Cheyette (Professor of English Literature, University of Reading), will lead a Key Ideas seminar: The Metaphorical Thinking of Zygmunt Bauman.
Legislators and Interpreters (1987), Modernity and the Holocaust (1989) and Modernity and Ambivalence (1991) are the foundational trilogy on which Zygmunt Bauman developed much of his later work (from postmodernity to liquid modernity and from “the Jew” to “the Stranger”). The seminar will engage with the ideas in the trilogy and with the metaphorical thinking which relates the trilogy to Bauman’s later work in the first two decades of the twenty-first century. I will focus broadly on Warsaw, Leeds, and Jerusalem as contextual “windows” for understanding Bauman’s work under the sign of totalitarianism, exile, and globalism. I will relate Bauman’s extraordinary life and work and include little known and uncollected essays from small magazines which are placed next to his more general theories of modernity.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for some optional preparatory reading.
Bryan Cheyette is Chair in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Reading. He is the editor or author of ten books most recently Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History (Yale UP, 2014), a Times Higher Book of the Year, and volume seven of the Oxford History of the Novel in English (Oxford UP, 2016). He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and has written a very short introduction to the Ghetto for Oxford University Press which is out in 2020.
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