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Germanic Languages & Literatures pres.

CANCELLED: A Poetics of Form: Towards a Critique of the Concepts of Criticism

Josh Robinson, Cardiff University

Robinson Robinson
Josh Robinson teaches in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, and is an Affiliated Professor at the University of Haifa. Ze works primarily on the manifold relationships between poetics and the critique of political economy. Hir monograph, Adorno's Poetics of Form, was published by SUNY Press in 2018. In May 2020 ze will be a visiting fellow at the Leibniz Centre for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin.

Building on and further developing the arguments of my 2018 monograph, Adorno’s Poetics of Form (SUNY Press, 2018), my talk identifies and evaluates the critical potential within some of the apparently common-sense concepts of literary criticism. The book explores and probes the limits of the resources offered Adorno’s intriguing, dense and and often oblique and elusive writings on form in relation to literature, and specifically in relation to poetry, and sets out what they can bring to the currently proliferating discussions and theorizations of literary, cultural, social and political form.

2-5pm, 3308 MLB
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