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Friday, 23 Feb 2018

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A department of English and American Studies outside of an English-speaking country is a phenomenon of extimacy. This makes the department particularly alert to the extimacy of language and subjectivity as such, to literary phenomena where languages and alphabets intricate and intersect, phenomena such as manifest themselves in the contemporary writings of Salman Rushdie or Kazuo Ishiguro, but no less so in the works of Shakespeare, Chaucer and Milton. It is from its position of extimacy that the department of English and American Studies at Tel Aviv University underscores and supports the rigorous scrutiny of literary texts in the English language, using the finest of the conceptual tools of literary theory, as a basis for critical thinking that is at the same time creative. More...

 

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You are cordially invited to the lecture:

 

"Unnatural Endings and the Theory of Endings"

by

 

Prof. Brian Richardson

 

(University of Maryland)

 

Thursday, March 15th

 

16:00

 

Webb building, 401

 

Tel Aviv University

 


The talk discusses some problems in conventional theories of ending, particularly those associated with Aristotle and Peter Brooks. It explores several varieties of unnatural ending in contemporary narratives. These can be identified in the works’ fabulas, in their sjužets, and in performance. The lecture touches upon various kinds of unnatural ending: the non-ending of a narrative whose last words return the reader to the text’s beginning and thus continues on infinitely; the ending that erases itself and takes a different fork; and multiple, incompatible endings, and other unnatural forms. The talk concludes with outlining the theoretical implications of these extreme endings.

 

Prof. Brian Richardson is a leading international scholar in the fields of narrative theory, modernism/postmodernism, and the history of the novel. Much of his work has been engaged with narrative theory as he attempted to expand existing models to be able to incorporate more radical techniques and practices of modern and postmodern experimental fiction. He is the author of the books: Unlikely Stories: Causality and the Nature of Modern Narrative (1997), Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction (2006), Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice (2015). For his biography and a complete list of publications, please visit:

https://www.english.umd.edu/profiles/brichardson

 

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                                       Department Events (2016/17)                                                     

Invitation       

We are pleased to be hosting Charles Bernstein under the auspices of the Yael Levin Writer-in-Residence program

The event will take place on Thursday, June 8th, at 4:00 p.m.

in Gilman Building, room 496, Tel Aviv University

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 June 1st , 2017

 

Annual Award Ceremony and Lecture In Memory of Nadav Vardi

 

 

 

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CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR

JAMAICA KINCAID

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

 https://www.tau.ac.il/sites/default/files/2017_POS_LITERATURE.pdf

Vardi Prize 2017 

 

 

Symposium in Honor of Prof. Hana Wirth-Nesher

Symposium in Honor of Prof. Hana Wirth-Nesher

  

 

 

 

 

talma 2017

 

 

January 4th, 2017, 6PM, Gilman 282 - An Evening to mark the publication of In the Absence, Dara Barnat's new collection of poetry. There will be readings in English, Hebrew, and French. Poets and translators include Karen Alkalay-Gut, Gili Haimovich, Sabine Huynh, Sarah Wetzel, and Rivka Rass. (Invitation)

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December 7th, 2016 - Symposium on the research and writing of poetry, Gilman 496 (Invitation)

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December 18th, 2016Science Fiction Symposium "Future Forms: The Body in Science Fiction", Gilman 496 (Invitation)

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