Ross Posnock, Anna Garbedian Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, will present a talk at UC Berkeley entitled “Fighting Words: Challenging ‘Surface’ and ‘Reading’ via William James, Susan Sontag, and J. D. Salinger.” The event will take place on Thursday, February 25, from 5 to 7pm in 300 Wheeler Hall.
Posnock’s essay, “’Don’t think, but look!’: W. G. Sebald, Wittgenstein, and Cosmopolitan Poverty,” can be found in Representations 112. Part of a special issue on “The Way We Read Now,” Stephen Best and Sharon Marcus’s theory of surface reading can be found in “Surface Reading: An Introduction” (Representations 108).
Caroline Levine, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will participate in an upcoming discussion of her new book, Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Princeton UP, 2015). The conversation discussants include Kent Puckett, Associate Professor of English at UC Berkeley and member of the Representations editorial board, and Alex Woloch, Professor of English at Stanford University. The talk, sponsored by Stanford’s Center for the Study of the Novel, will take place on Thursday, February 18, at 5:30 pm in the Terrace Room of Margaret Jacks Hall, Stanford University.
Nicholas Mathew, Associate Professor of Music at UC Berkeley, will discuss Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux etoiles (1974) with Shannon Jackson, Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair in the Humanities at UC Berkeley. The event, part of the Big Ideas series featured at the newly re-opened BAMPFA, will take place at noon on February 3.
Mathew is the author, with Representations co-chair Mary Ann Smart, of “Elephants in the Room: The Future of Quirk Historicism,” an introduction to the recent Representations forum on Quirk Historicism (132).