Seminar: Circumstantial Detail
John Durham Peters, Yale University
September 19, 2023 · 12:00 pm—1:30 pm · Hinds Library, McCosh
Department of English; Humanities Council
We will consider the part played by circumstantial detail in narrative through a 200-year-old essay by Thomas De Quincey, two stories by Jorge Luís Borges, and a recent essay. Here again the question will be the media by which we make meaning, the proofs by which we render art or testimony plausible.
Lunch provided with registration. Register here. Pre-reads provided to registrants.
John Durham Peters teaches and writes on media history and philosophy. He is the María Rosa Menocal Professor of English and of Film & Media Studies at Yale University. He taught at the University of Iowa between 1986-2016. He is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication, Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition, and most recently, The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media.