Hooked! Art and Attachment

Hooked! Art and Attachment


Rita Felski om fengende bøker

torsdag 13. september 2018, kl. 18:00

Sal: Nedjma

Arrangør: Institutt for litteratur, områdestudier og europeiske språk, UiO

Inngang: Gratis

Hva er det som gjør at vi blir hekta på bøker og andre kulturopplevelser? Må vi vite svaret for å kunne forstå kunstens rolle? Amerikanske Rita Felski er en av de mest omdiskuterte og innflytelsesrike litteraturprofessorene i verden i dag. Foredrag og paneldbatt arrangert av Tina Skouen, ILOS-Institutt for litteratur, områdestudier og europeiske språk, Universitetet i Oslo.

Arrangementet foregår på engelsk.


Mer om arrangementet:

In this talk literary scholar Rita Felski makes a case for “attachment” as a key word for the humanities. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Organized by Tina Skouen at ILOS-Dept of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo. Panel participants from ILOS will include: Karin Kukkonen, Michael Lundblad, and Louisa Olufsen Layne.

Rita Felski is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English, University of Virginia and Niels Bohr Professor, University of Southern Denmark.

Professor Felski is one of the most influential figures in literary studies today. Her claims about «the limits of critique» and «the postcritical turn» continue to engage both sholars in the field and broader audiences. In her new book project on aesthetic attachments, she argues that attachment directs our attention to what carries weight: it has both affective and ethical force. The goal is not to shift from the objective to the subjective but from a language of bifurcation (art versus society) to one of relation. Zadie Smith’s conversion to the music of Joni Mitchell offers a striking example of one kind of “attachment device”: that of attunement (in Zadie Smith, “Some Notes on Attunement,” 2012/2018). The latter half of the talk considers differing rhythms of attunement as well as the relation between mediation and the “presence” of an art work.

Felski’s books include Critique and Postcritique (Duke University Press, 2017, co-edited with Elizabeth Anker), The Limits of Critique (Chicago University Press, 2015), Uses of Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and Literature after Feminism (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Read more about the event here.