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The Ethical Turn in Literary Criticism: A Brilliant New Approach, or, An Assault on the Humanities?

The Ethical Turn in Literary Criticism: A Brilliant New Approach, or, An Assault on the Humanities?
91 Charles Street West, Alumni Hall, Old Victoria College 112
Time: Nov 26th, 5:00 pm End: Nov 26th, 6:30 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), French (FAS), Ethics, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS)
Lecture by William Calin, University of Florida

The Northrop Frye Centre is pleased to present the Brian Merrilees Lecture for 2015:

William Calin, French, University of Florida

The Ethical Turn in Literary Criticism: A Brilliant New Approach, or, An Assault on the Humanities?

Current approaches to literary studies react against formalism and deconstruction. One of these is the so-called Ethical Turn. In his talk, Professor Calin examines this ethical approach while discussing François Rabelais, Louis Aragon, the Breton-language writer Roparz Hemon, Paul de Man, and the Song of Roland.

William Calin is, since 1988, Graduate Research Professor at the University of Florida, and from 1998 to 2001, Florida Foundation Research Professor. He taught at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the University of Oregon; was twice Visiting Professor at the University of Poitiers; was Edward Arnold Visiting Professor at Whitman College; and has been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge; the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh; and the Northrop Frye Centre and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto. He has won eleven national/international grants, including ACLS, APS, Fulbright, Guggenheim, NEH, and Woodrow Wilson, and was, for nine years, International Vice President of the Association Internationale d’Études Occitanes. He works on medieval French literature; French poetry from the Renaissance to the present; Franco-British literary relations, Middle Ages and Renaissance; and modern literature in Breton and Occitan. He is the author of twelve books, and 118 articles, and has delivered 225 conference papers and lectures, a number of these more than once. They include fourteen plenary session addresses and sixty-eight public lectures at universities. A Muse for Heroes was awarded the Gilbert Chinard First Literary Prize 1981; A Muse for Heroes and The French Tradition and the Literature of Medieval England received the American Library Association Outstanding Academic Book of the Year award. His most recent volumes are Minority Literatures and Modernism: Scots, Breton, and Occitan, 1920-1990; The Twentieth-Century Humanist Critics, from Spitzer to Frye; and The Lily and the Thistle: The French Tradition and the Older Literature of Scotland.

This event is free and open to all, but due to space constraints, an RSVP is requested.  Please let us know that you will attend by clicking HERE to RSVP.

Event co-sponsors:

  • The George Armstrong Lectureship Fund, Victoria College in the University of Toronto
  • The Centre for Medieval Studies
  • The Department of French
  • The Northrop Frye Centre

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