Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series
The Unit for Criticism's annual introductory lecture series on critical theory features lectures by Unit affiliates from across campus. Complete schedule and readings are listed here.
Monday, September 12
The Unit for Criticism presents a lecture by Paula Moya (Stanford), "Reading Race: Schemas, Racial Perception, & the Power of Literature"
What is the power of a work of literature to affect readers’ perceptions of their worlds? How might literature contribute to or impede racial literacy? Engaging both recent trends and older schools of thought in literary criticism, Paula Moya elaborates the social psychological concept of schema as a valuable tool for analyzing the creation of literary and social meaning. Drawing from literary and real world examples ranging from Ferguson, Missouri to Morrison’s A Mercy, Moya argues that literature remains a powerful tool and important actor in a world in which racial literacy will be more important than ever.
She is the author of The Social Imperative: Race, Close Reading, and Contemporary Literary Criticism (Stanford UP 2016) and Learning From Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles (UC Press 2002) and has co-edited three collections of original essays, Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century (W.W. Norton, Inc. 2010), Identity Politics Reconsidered (Palgrave 2006) and Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism (UC Press 2000).
Moya has served as the Director of the Program of Modern Thought and Literature, Vice Chair of the Department of English, and the Director of the Undergraduate Program of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
She is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, the Outstanding Chicana/o Faculty Member award. She has been a Brown Faculty Fellow, a Clayman Institute Fellow, and is currently CCSRE Faculty Research Fellow.
Introduction: Susan Koshy (English, Asian American Studies)
Respondent: Candice Jenkins (English, African American Studies)
Thursday, October 6
GRAD STUDENT INFO NIGHT
Learn about opportunities for scholarship and research support offered by the Unit for Criticism, eat free food, and meet our staff.
Monday, October 24
The 2016 Unit for Criticism Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series presents a lecture by Therese Tierney (Architecture), "Networked Urbanism: Geographies of Information"