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Holding the Edge: Psychoanalysis, Dialectics, Love

Holding the Edge: Psychoanalysis, Dialectics, Love
91 Charles St. West, Victoria College room 115
Time: Feb 5th, 6:00 pm End: Feb 5th, 8:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Slavic Studies (FAS), Science/Technology, Psychoanalytic, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Latin American, History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), 1800-1900
Talk by Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Comparative Literature

The Victoria University Literature and Critical Theory Student Union is pleased to present Acting Director

Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Acting Director, Centre for Comparative Literature

Holding the Edge: Psychoanalysis, Dialectics, Love


Join us for an exploration of Professor Jagoe's recent experimental, critical and interdisciplinary work.  Refreshments and ample time for discussion will be provided.

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

Eva-Lynn Jagoe reads, writes and teaches on the nineteenth century to the present, on Europe and Latin America, on literature, film, and art. Two obsessions that she has at the moment that somehow converge: listening and affinities. The first engages listening as a critical reading and writing practice. New technologies of sound and image reproduction at the turn of the last century afforded new modes of perception and narration. It is her suspicion that the expanded and extended forms of narration of the long novel and the process of psychoanalysis are made possible through the closer scrutiny that these new technologies afford. An object, moment or affect can be exploded, slowed down, examined, made to exceed its previous boundaries of space and time. Are not psychoanalysis and the long psychological novel alike in their paucity of happenings and their dilatory, repetitious, and expansive examinations of interiority? Thus she teaches long novels slowly in order to formulate a praxis that is less hampered by the urge to interpret than it is driven by an attention to how things sound, how they are expressed. She urges herself and her students to experiment with our critical practices so as to attend not only to what is audible but to what is inaudible –omissions, absences, pauses, and transgressions. Affinities: 19th-century European, Russian, and Latin American ideas of political, literary, and affective association. In the literature of the period she has become increasingly taken with the ways that friendship, fraternity, love, and unity are not only lauded but also seen as vital to political and aesthetic movements. She has been teaching and reading contemporary critical theory and philosophy on community, utopianism, ethics, anarchy, and friendship.


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