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Reparative Reading at 21: informal reading group 2

Tuesday 7 February 2017, 5.00PM to 6.30pm

BS/007, Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building

This is the second of two preparatory reading groups in advance of 'Reparative Reading at 21', the fourth in the series of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Memorial Symposia, which will take place on 14 February 2017 (details below).

Each reading group will consider a pair of landmark essays that have sought to change the way that reading happens across the humanities, social sciences and beyond. 

Starting with Sedgwick’s paradigm-shifting account of paranoid and reparative reading, and moving through Bruno Latour’s polemical argument that critique has been co-opted and run out of steam, we move, in Reading Group 2, to Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best’s conceptualisation of surface reading, and Heather Love’s claim for the virtues of description; articles which each, in their different but related ways, seek to challenge the received wisdom of the hermeneutics of suspicion and depth.

Reparative Reading at 21

Tuesday 14 February 2017, 1.00PM to 6.00pm

Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building

The fourth in the series of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Memorial Symposia, Reparative Reading at 21 returns to consider Sedgwick's seminal 1996 essay, 'Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading, or, You're So Paraonid You Probably Think This Essay is About You'. The symposium will feature short position papers from a number of speakers, followed by a round table discussion.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Angus Brown (University of Birmingham)
  • Jason Edwards (University of York)
  • Kathryn R. Kent (Williams College)
  • Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Ben Nichols (King's, London)
  • Monica Pearl (Manchester University)


Location: See above for location details.