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Living with Inexactitude

Living with Inexactitude
91 Charles Street W., Victoria College room 101
Time: Dec 3rd, 4:00 pm End: Dec 3rd, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Ethics, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-
Lecture by David Palumbo-Liu, Comparative Literature at Stanford University

The Centre for Comparative Literature is pleased to present:

David Palumbo-Liu, Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Living with Inexactitude

Today the humanities are often forced to translate themselves in terms of quantitative measures; this allows them to be "valued". This is what is called "commensuration".  This lecture covers two aspects of this phenomenon. First, how does comparative literature deal with the fact that acts of comparison need commensurate units of analysis? Second, how does literature complicate any idea of "exchange value"? I will examine Emily Habiby's The Life of Saeed, the Pessoptimist, and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go to get at these questions.

David Palumbo-Liu is the Louis Hewlett Nixon Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. His fields of interest include social and cultural criticism, literary theory and criticism, East Asian, and Asia Pacific America studies. He has published in each of these areas, including six books  and numerous articles that have been translated into Chinese, German, French, and Portuguese. His most recent book, The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age (Duke UP) addresses the role of contemporary humanistic literature with regard to the instruments and discourses of globalization, seeking to discover modes of affiliation and transnational ethical thinking. He is most interested in issues regarding social theory, community, justice, globalization, and the specific role that literature and the humanities play in helping us address each of these areas. He is the founding editor of the e-journal Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities.

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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