The Enormous Room
Department of English
Book project: Translating Catastrophe: Aesthetics, Performance, History
The project investigates the aesthetic dimensions of
calling forth the past, in particular of conjuring a history that in its
force has changed the very conditions through which it might be apprehended. Building on the thought of critical thinkers such as
Theodor Adorno, Jacques Ranciere and Herbert Blau, each chapter of the book pairs two authors where one has figuratively, and sometimes
literally, translated a predecessor, often intensifying or challenging the possibilities of the historical imagination at work in the "original," fulfilling, perhaps, the implications discovered in the founding thought. Authors placed in relation are: James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Mueller,
Hannah Arendt and C.L.R. James, Edmond Jabes and Paul Auster, and finally, J.M. Coetzee considered in light of Beckett.
Recent Papers and Articles
"Rehearsing the Promised End." In The Very Thought of Herbert Blau. Eds. Clark Lunberry and Joseph Roach. University of Michicgan Press. Under contract.
"Trials of History, Scenes of Judgment." Law and Literature 27:1 (2015): 125-135.
"Reading the Scene: Discourse, Literacy, and Pedagogy Through The Wire". In The Wire in the College Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches in the Humanities. Eds. Karen Dillon and Naomi Crummey. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland (2015). 179-195.
"'With All Malice':The Testimonial Objectives of Charles Reznikoff." American Literary History 26.1 (2014): 110-131.
"A Double-Negation: Allegory and the Re-inscription of Human Rights." Tijdschrift Frame 27.1 (2014) 27-45.
"Writing toward Death." In Death in Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. New York: Greenhaven, 2014.
Review of After Representation? The Holocaust, Literature, and Culture. Edited by R. Clifton Spargo and Robert M. Ehrenreich
(New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2010). JMMLA Fall (2012).
"Rhetoric, Rights, and the Boundaries of Recognition: Making Darfur Public." The World and Darfur: International Responses
to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan Ed. Amanda Grzyb. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009. 254-79.
Review of That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity by James Dawes (Cambridge MA: Harvard UP, 2007)
in the special issue ("Human Rights and Literary Forms") of Comparative Literature Studies 46:1 (2009) 196-99.
Review of Teaching Holocaust Literature and Film, eds. Robert Eaglestone and Barry Langford (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave, 2008)
in Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History 14:2 (2009) 132-34.
"Testimonial Objectives: History, Language, and the Ends of Poetry." The American Literature Association Annual Meeting,
San Francisco, CA. May 2008.
Readings from Sigmund Freud, Louis Marin, E. A. Poe, Arthur
Conan Doyle, Dashiell
Hammett, and Paul Auster. Films: The Maltese Falcon, Chinatown, Memento,
Introduction to English
Readings from J. L. Austin,
Herbert Blau, Bertolt Brecht, Judith Butler, Michel de Certeau,
Connerton, Jacques Derrida, Sue Ellen-Case, Erving Goffman, Shannon Jackson, and Pierre
Nora, and Joseph Roach.
Readings from Joseph Conrad,
Paul Auster, Sam Shepard, Annette Kuhn, Susan Griffin, as well as the
The Fog of War, Smoke, and Paris, Texas
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