With the generous support of the Department of French, and the Centre for Medieval Studies
Thursday, November 26, 2015
"The Ethical Turn in Literary Criticism: A Brilliant New Approach or an Assault on the Humanities?"
The Brian Merrilees Lecture
Prof. William C. Calin (University of Florida)
5:00PM (Reception to Follow)
Alumni Hall, Old Victoria College Building (91 Charles Street West)
Current approaches to literary studies react against formalism and deconstruction. One of these is the so-called Ethical Turn. In his talk, Professor Calin examines this ethical approach while discussing François Rabelais, Louis Aragon, the Breton-language writer Roparz Hemon, Paul de Man, and The Song of Roland.
Willam Calin is, since 1988, Graduate Research Professor at the University of Florida, and, from 1998 to 2001, Florida Foundation Research Professor. He taught at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the University of Oregon; was twice Visiting Professor at the University of Poitiers; was Edward Arnold Visiting Professor at Whitman College; and has been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge; the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh; and the Northrop Frye Centre and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto. He has won eleven national/international grants, including ACLS, APS, Fulbright, Guggenheim, NEH, and Woodrow Wilson, and was, for nine years, International Vice President of the Association Internationale d'Études Occitanes. He is the author of twelve books, over 120 articles, some reprinted, and has delivered over 230 conference papers and lectures, a number of these more than once. They include fourteen plenary session addresses and sixty-eight public lectures at universities. His books have received the Gilbert Chinard First Literary Prize and, twice, the American Library Association Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award. His most recent volumes are Minority Literatures and Modernism: Scots, Breton, and Occitan, 1920-1990; The Twentieth Century Humanist Critics, from Spitzer to Frye, and The Lily and the Thistle: The French Tradition and the Older Literature of Scotland. He recently served on doctoral committees at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Pau, and the State University of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.