The Literary and Intellectual History Colloquium explores the intersection between the history of literature and the history of ideas. Generally, we ask how literature has shaped, and been shaped by, political and philosophical discourse. Put otherwise, we examine how the new or developing political and philosophical ideas of a given period find nuanced, textured expression in literature; by the same token, we ask how literature has embraced or rejected such ideas and thereby influenced the trajectory of 19th and 20th century European and American intellectual history. Our colloquium is guided by readings literary and philosophical alike, and by questions these readings are sure to elicit!
Literary and Intellectual History Colloquium Sophie Dess