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Submit Brief Bio and Abstract for CFP Stanford/Duke Conference

The joint initiative of Duke’s PAL (Center for Philosophy, Art and Literature) and Stanford’s Phil+Lit (The Initiative in Philosophy and Literature) will be holding a conference 2018 at Stanford titled Interiorities: Reflecting Subjectivity and Sociality on April 27 – 28. We invite students at Duke to submit a brief bio and 250-word abstract by February 12, 2018. Participants will…

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Call for Applications for The PAL Young Scholars Workshop 2018

PAL (Duke’s Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature) is delighted to announce its fifth Young Scholars Workshop, on March 22 and 23. The overarching topic for this year’s workshop is “Character: Identification, Ethics, Ontology.” The workshop seeks to explore the question of character in literary criticism and ethical debates from new angles. Our visiting speakers, and workshop leaders, are two of the most exciting literary critics in the United States today, namely Rita Felski (University of Virginia, Charlottesville) and Amanda Anderson (Brown University).   On Thursday March 22, Rita Felski and Amanda Anderson will give their public lectures, beginning at 4 p.m. These lectures are open to all. (You don’t…

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Spring 2018 Courses

ENG 890S-03: Shakespeare, Tragedy, Ethics Sarah Beckwith “Love”, says Iris Murdoch,” is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality. Murdoch’s wonderful claim conjoins art and morals through her parsing of love. This class is at once an exploration of the ethical implications of a vision of language explored in Wittgenstein, Stanley Cavell, Raimond Gaita, Peter Winch, Iris Murdoch, and Cora Diamond; and an exploration of Shakespeare’s plays, chiefly tragedies distinguished by the awesome fate of our our acts of speech. What Shakespeare shares with all these thinkers is a profound attack on the moralization of…

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Spring 2018 Course for PAL: Shakespeare, Tragedy, Ethics

“Love”, says Iris Murdoch,” is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality.” Murdoch’s wonderful claim conjoins art and morals through her parsing of love. This class is at once an exploration of the ethical implications of a vision of language explored in Wittgenstein, Stanley Cavell, Raimond Gaita, Peter Winch, Iris Murdoch, and Cora Diamond; and an exploration of Shakespeare’s plays, chiefly tragedies distinguished by the awesome fate of our acts of speech. What Shakespeare shares with all these thinkers is a profound attack on the moralization of morality. Tragic freedom in Shakespeare obviates moralism, though…

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Graduate Student Paper Presentations: Oct 19

PAL is delighted to present two PAL Certificate papers by Duke graduate students. In Search of an Übersicht: Wittgenstein, Western Marxism, and the Future of Criticism Justin Mitchell (English), PAL Certificate Candidate Download paper Skepticism and Knowledge in Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” Myles Oldershaw (English), PAL Certificate Candidate Download paper   Thurs Oct 19 5pm-6:30pm Followed by a reception Ahmadieh Lecture Hall Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, First Floor

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Yi-Ping Ong: Embodiment, Embeddedness, Kindness

“Embodiment, Embeddedness, and Kindness: Conditions of Reading and Living Together in Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello” Yi-Ping Ong (Johns Hopkins University)   Thursday Sept 21, 2017 4:30 Reception 5pm Lecture, followed by Q&A Ahmadieh Lecture Hall, C105 Smith Warehouse, Bay 4 Parking is free after 5pm   How do we come to share an ethical outlook with others? Is it possible to teach ethics? What does it mean to live with others, when we do not (always) inhabit the same world? Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello engages these profound ethical questions in and through its very form. Whereas critics have suggested that the formal strategies of the novel are intended either to take up or…

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Fall Kickoff: Graduate Student Happy Hour

PAL Graduate Student Happy Hour Tuesday Sept 12, 5pm Ahmadieh Lecture Hall Smith Warehouse, Bay 4 Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres as we celebrate another year of graduate students at PAL. Learn more about the PAL Graduate Certificate and the five fall courses that count towards it. Hear about PAL’s 2017-2018 schedule, and our upcoming events for graduate students!  

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Newly Added Fall 2017 Course: Rilke & Phenomenology, 1900-1926

At the center of this seminar will be an in-depth exploration Rilke’s lyric oeuvre beginning with Das Stundenbuch (1899/1905) and Das Buch der Bilder (1902), extending via Neue Gedichte (1907) through his Duineser Elegien and Sonette an Orpheus (1922) and other late poetry. Additionally, we will take up some of Rilke’s prose writings on aesthetics, including his short monograph on Rodin (1902), his letters on Cézanne (1907), a few short prose pieces, and a selection of his far-flung and remarkably probing letters. Rilke’s overriding concern lies not with “things” as such, nor for that matter with their mimetic or specifically ekphrastic “representation.” Rather, his poetry (especially in Neue Gedichte and beyond) is concerned with capturing the way that perception of things and…

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The Other: Interdisciplinary Explorations

Friday September 8, 2017 10am-3pm Lunch provided Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall Smith Warehouse, Bay 4 First Floor How useful is the concept of the Other in the humanities today? A conference organized by the PAL/FHI Mellon Seminar on “The Other” In this one-day conference on the topic of “The Other” in philosophy and literature, Professor David Palumbo-Liu (Stanford) will give a keynote address at 10am. His latest book is “The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age.” At 11:15am, a panel of Duke faculty will continue the conversation: miriam cooke (AMES), Ranjana Khanna (English & Literature), Priscilla Wald (English & Women’s Studies), and David Wong (Philosophy). Everyone is…

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