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The Invention of Fiction

The Invention of Fiction
93 Charles St. W., Isabel Bader Theatre, 3rd Floor seminar room.
Time: Nov 8th, 4:00 pm End: Nov 8th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Book History/Print Culture, 1900-1950, 1800-1900, 1500-1800
Lecture by William Egginton, John Hopkins University

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Centre for Comparative Literature are pleased to present

William Egginton, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University

The Invention of Fiction

Abstract: In this lecture, Professor Egginton explores how what we understand as "fiction" today may not be as universal as is commonly thought. In proposing it to be a genre specific to the culture of modernity, he explores the ways in which it differs from the forms of writing that preceded it, as well as how Miguel de Cervantes came to be the first to deploy fiction in all its aspects.

William Egginton teaches Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy. He is the author of How the World Became a Stage (2003), and The Theatre of Truth (2010). He is also co-editor with Mike Sandbothe of The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy (2004) and co-editor with David E. Johnson of Thinking with Borges (2009). His most recent book, In Defense of Religious Moderation, was published by Columbia University Press in 2011.

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This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Comparative Literature at (416) 813-4041


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