Revolutionaries: Race, Class, and Culture between the Wars

Walter Benn Michaels

Time:4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:Wolstein Building Auditorium - 2103 Cornell Road
Registration:Registration is Closed. Click HERE to view the Event Video.

Beginning with a comparison between the great German photographer August Sander and the equally great American photographer, Walker Evans, this talk will move on to an analysis of the relation between race and class in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!. Its central questions will be about how social structure is understood, how revolutionary change in that structure is understood, and how the aesthetic is imagined to function in understanding that change. An American literary theorist and author, Michaels is a Professor in the Department of English, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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About the speaker

Walter Benn Michaels

Walter Benn Michaels is an American literary theorist and the author of Our America: Nativism, Modernism and Pluralism (1995) and The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History (2004). Michaels's work has generated a set of arguments and questions around a host of issues that are central to literary studies: problems of culture and race, identities national and personal, the difference between memory and history, disagreement and difference, and meaning and intention in interpretation.

He is just completing a project, The Shape of the Signifier, on literary and theoretical writing since 1967. His new project - its working title is "The Beauty of a Social Problem" - will be about art and inequality between WWI and WWII, and his teaching over the next few years will probably focus on this period while continuing to engage the issues raised by some more recent texts.

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