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Book Talk: Handsomely Done: Aesthetics, Politics, and Media After Melville

April 25 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Katie Chenoweth, Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Walter Johnston, Barbara Nagel, Peter Szendy

Handsomely Done: Aesthetics, Politics, and Media after Melville

Thursday 4/25 at 6pm

Handsomely Done presents readers with a Melville who is a philologist and even a cinematographer, but also a potent political thinker, a thinker of capital and credit as well as of resistance, insubordination, and escape. Please join us for a discussion with a panel of contributors to this important new volume.

The book is an edited collection of essays by leading and emerging scholars from the fields of comparative literature, critical theory, and media studies that examines Melvilles works in light of their ongoing afterlife and seemingly permanent relevance.

The book launch will be a conversation with contributors Peter Szendy, Barbara Nagel, and Walter Johnston, along with editor Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, moderated by Katie Chenoweth.

Katie Chenoweth is assistant professor of French at Princeton University; Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz is a lecturer in Comparative Literature at Princeton University; Walter Johnston is visiting assistant professor of English at Williams College; Barbara Nagel is assistant professor of German at Princeton University; Peter Szendy is Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities at Brown University.

This event is co-sponsored by Princeton University’s Comparative Literature, German, and French Departments and the Humanities Council at Princeton.

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Comparative Literature
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