2015 Religion & Literature Lecture: Shira Wolosky


Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

The editorial team and staff at Religion & Literature are delighted to invite you to the 2015 Religion & Literature Lecture, which this year will be offered by Shira Wolosky, Professor of American Studies and English Literature at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published widely on topics ranging from poetics to literary theory to philosophy and ethics to cutting-edge feminism as well as religion and literature. On Monday, November 2, at 5:00 pm in 100-104 McKenna Hall she will deliver a lecture entitled "The Metaphysics of Language: Levinas on the Names of God," with a reception to follow in the McKenna Hall Atrium. The lecture's description is as follows:
     Levinas's work divides into two sorts: the philosophical and the Judaic.  This paper examines the intrinsic relation between the two, focusing on theories of interpretation and of language as what links them together against the background of contemporary metaphysical critique.
Professor Wolosky received her doctorate from Princeton and taught at Yale before moving to Jerusalem; she received a Guggenheim in 2000 and has also held fellowships since at Princeton, NYU and Oxford. She has many constituencies of readers; in the field of poetics studies, she is deeply respected for her work on Emily Dickinson as well as for her ground-breaking book in the field of religion and literature: Language Mysticism: The Negative Way of Language in Eliot, Beckett and Celan (Stanford, 1995). Her latest work purely in poetics is The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem (Oxford UP 2008), while her interests in feminism and ethics inform Feminist Theory Across Disciplines: Feminist Community and American Women's Poetry (Routledge 2013), a study of poetry's civic role in women's writing since the seventeenth century. She will speak to and with us about her current research connecting issues in in language theory, ethics and metaphysics; her seminar will pursue controversial issues of typology, among other things, that emerge when examining the work of a theorist like Alain Badiou from within "a genealogy of negative theological language in Judaic and Western traditions."