Graduate Student Colloquia

Graduate Coloquium: October 25, 2012

   Thursday, October 25, 2012
  195 College Avenue
  Potluck - Halloween Theme - 5:30pm
  Colloquium - 7:00pm

In this presentation, Tara will discuss the documentary mode in the work of Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, paying particular attention to his 2008 film, “24 City”, about the closing of a factory to make way for a housing development. Tara argues that the tension between the documentary form and the fictionalized elements of the film are part of a particular poetics in Jia’s work, a poetics that posits new modes of understanding and remembering in contemporary Chinese experience.

Graduate Colloquium: November 29, 2012

   Thursday, November 29, 2012
  195 College Avenue
  Potluck - Holiday Theme - 5:30pm
  Colloquium - 7:00pm

As Inter-American frameworks for literary study have gathered attention over the last thirty years, critics who would trace currents of literary exchange across the Americas have run up against a history of mutual disregard, willful misinterpretation, and obstinate silence. This presentation takes silence as a potentially productive point of departure. Looking closely at the poetic tributes that Octavio Paz and John Cage dedicate to each other, Vaughn argues that each uses silence to reevaluate the other's work. He situates this exchange within a wider phenomenon of "silent" art at mid-century.

Graduate Colloquium - October 19, 2011

"Figures of the Interval: Luce Irigaray and Film"
 Led by Caroline Godart

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Potluck & Colloquium: 6:00 pm

195 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Caroline's paper proposes to revisit a classic of women's cinema, Jane Campion's The Piano (1993), and to explore the resonances between the movie and Luce Irigaray's concept of the interval. The latter is at once a spatial and a temporal concept, and therefore lends itself well to cinematic analysis. The Piano is driven by a formal framework that relies consistently on the opposition between nearness and distance and that echoes Irigaray’s theory. Caroline wants to argue that both the philosopher and the filmmaker develop a feminist ethics that is grounded in a similar understanding of spatiality.

"Mystical Symptom, Hysterical Symbol:Metaphors of Exile in Psychoanalysis & Jewish Mystical Writing"

Comparative Literature Graduate Colloquium

"Mystical Symptom, Hysterical Symbol: Metaphors of Exile in Psychoanalysis and Jewish Mystical Writing"

Led by: Jacqueline Loeb

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Colloquium & Potluck: 5:00 - 7:00pm
(bring your favorite dish)

195 College Ave