Affective Criticism | Affective Forms

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Affective experiences and the challenges they pose to representation have been as central to the very critical construction of contemporary literary and cultural studies as to the formal, thematic, and political dynamics of twenty-first-century works themselves. This symposium offers a forum for thinking about this intersection of affect’s critical uses and aesthetic practices. It does so by bringing together scholars from a range of career stages in a series of plenary panels. Co-hosted by the Centre for Contemporary Literature and Cultures and the Centre for Modernist Cultures, the event will initiate dialogues between the diverse methodological interests of researchers working within postcolonial criticism, modernist studies, queer theory, disability studies, intellectual history, popular culture, film studies, and the history of emotions. It will also seek to examine relations between creative and critical discourses by hosting a conversation with the critic and memoirist, Dr. Sophie Ratcliffe. Keynote speakers include Prof. Andrew van der Vlies (Queen Mary, University of London) and Prof. Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania). Registration is free and is open to all.

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