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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Inventions of the Text Seminar Series

Inventions of the Text complements our Research Seminar series. Inventions is organised by a team of postgraduate researchers, and combines papers by academics from Durham and beyond with presentations by PhD students. Seminars run roughly every couple of weeks during term time, with around eight or nine events a year. After each seminar, attendees are welcome to socialise with the speaker(s) over dinner. They are generally for University staff and students, although sometimes open to the public.

Forthcoming Inventions of the Text Seminars

Literary Invention and Literary History

26th November 2014, 17:30 to 18:30, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Professor Derek Attridge (York)

An Inventions of the Text seminar.

Derek Attridge will present a section from his forthcoming book, The Work of Literature, which is a sequel to The Singularity of Literature that expands and refines its arguments. A large part of the new book is taken up by a reconsideration of the arguments of the earlier work written in the form of an interview or cross-examination; in the seminar, he will discuss some of the key terms developed in his account of the specificity of literature as a cultural and linguistic practice (terms such as "invention", "singularity", "otherness", "performance", "idioculture" and "act-event"), and consider their possible role in understanding the apparent transcendence of historical time that literary works appear to be able to achieve.

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