2000 Conference

The English Institute 2000

59th Session
Friday - Sunday
September 15 - 17, 2000
Yenching Auditorium
2 Divinity Ave
Harvard University

Please note the new conference location:
Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Ave

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The 59th annual meeting of the English Institute explored new work under four headings, a topic, a genre, an author, and a text for group discussion. The topic panel, Compassion, marked out a domain of attachment, of love, ethics, aesthetics, and politics. The discussion of genre explored the formation of cultural categories, the subject, and sexuality in Renaissance prose. Rethinking the sympathy/compassion for which George Eliot is famous, the author panel engaged, in different ways, the renewed interest in ethics, affect, and the novel. Adorno's "Resignation," a brief essay, in which he reflects on the responsibilities of intellectuals, was the subject of the roundtable discussion.

Participants were encouraged to re-read Theodor Adorno's essay "Resignation" (published in Critical Models: Interventions and Catchwords, 1998).


9:30 a.m.
Lee Edelman, Tufts University
"Compassion's Compulsion"

11:00 a.m.
Candace Vogler, University of Chicago
"Much of Madness and More of Sin: Compassion, for Ligeia"

2:00 p.m.
John Guillory, New York University
"The Bachelor State: On Marriage and the Single Life in Bacon's 'New Atlantis'"
Renaissance Prose

3:30 p.m.
Laurie Shannon, Duke University
"Prose Tails"
Renaissance Prose

5:30 p.m.
Barker Center-Thompson Room


9:30 a.m.
Peggy Phelan, New York University
"The Compassion of Andy Warhol"

11:00 a.m.
Lisa Jardine, University of London
"Textual Therapies: Dosing the Ailing Subject"
Renaissance Prose

2:00 p.m.
Carolyn Williams, Rutgers University
"Moving Pictures"
George Eliot

3:30 p.m.
Mary Ann O'Farrell, Texas A&M University
"Charity Work"
George Eliot

5:00 p.m.
Members Meeting



9:30 a.m.
Neil Hertz, The Johns Hopkins University
"Fatal Compassion"
George Eliot

11:00 a.m.
Asha Varadharajan and Cornel West will lead a discussion of
Adorno's "Resignation"

Program director
Peter Stallybrass

The Supervising Committee welcomes your ideas for next year's topics and speakers. Please send suggestions to committee members either by e-mail (englinst@fas.harvard.edu) or in writing prior to the beginning of the 2000 conference.

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