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Modernism Terminable and Interminable
April 12, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
A University Lecture by Jean-Michel Rabate
Professor Rabaté will examine the limits or “ends” of modernism, both as an aesthetic movement and as a period. Although as an aesthetic phenomenon modernism is often characterized in terms of formal coherence and completion, he will show how modernism exhibits tendencies towards coherence as well as fragmentation, completion as well as incompletion, comparing the works of authors such as James Joyce, Marcel Proust, and Franz Kafka. Ultimately, he will demonstrate how issues of aesthetic completion or incompletion redound upon questions of periodization and the “end” of modernism.
Jean-Michel Rabaté is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored over forty books on modernism, philosophy, and psychoanalysis, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
This event is free and open to the public.
Funding provided by the University Lectures Anonymous Fund. Additional support provided by the departments of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, English, and French and Italian, and the Modernisms/Modernities Colloquium.