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Theory of the Gimmick

Theory of the Gimmick
91 Charles Street West, Victoria Chapel, Room 213
Time: Mar 17th, 4:00 pm End: Mar 17th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Sianne Ngai, Stanford University

The Centre for Comparative Literature presents:

Theory of the Gimmick

This talk explores the gimmick as a capitalist aesthetic category: an objective form linked in a systematic way to a subjective judgment or affective speech act.

Sianne Ngai specializes in American literature, literary and cultural theory, and feminist studies. Her books are Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting (Harvard University Press, 2012), winner of the MLA James Russell Lowell Prize and the PCA/ACA Ray and Pat Browne award for Best Reference or Best Primary Source Work; and Ugly Feelings (Harvard University Press, 2005). Sections of both books have been translated into Swedish, Italian, German, and Slovenian. Ngai was a recipient of a 2007-08 Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and in 2014-15 was a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin, Germany. She served as six-week faculty at the Cornell School for Criticism and Theory in the summer of 2014. In 2015 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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


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