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'‘This song to come, this reader to become’: Reading Blanchot’s Style of Paradox,” by Mario Aquilina (University of Malta)
A seminar in the staff and postgraduate research seminar programme.
Mario Aquilina is a third-year part-time Ph.D research student working under the supervision of Professor Timothy Clark. Having read for a BA (Hons) and MA in English at the University of Malta, Mario is now a full-time lecturer of English at the Junior College of the University of Malta and a part-time lecturer within the Department of English at the University of Malta, where he delivers courses in Victorian Literature, the Development of English Literature, Creative Writing Skills for Journalists and Literary Theory. In his Ph.D research, Mario is exploring the notion of style, its theoretical definitions through history, and, in particular, the way "deconstructive" thinkers like Maurice Blanchot and Jacques Derrida reinvent style as an "event" in their (anti-) theoretical work. His two latest papers discuss Blanchot's style of paradox in 'René Char' and Fredric Jameson's conception of style in The Political Unconscious.