Clemson Lectures in Theory and Criticism (CLTC)

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Our inaugural speaker was Cathy Caruth, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Comparative Literature at Emory University and distinguished scholar of trauma theory.

Professor Caruth delivered her lecture, “After the End: Psychoanalysis in the Ashes of History,” on Thursday, September 30th at 5 pm in Daniel Hall’s Class of 1941 Studio. Her lecture focused on the writings of French philosopher Jacques Derrida as well as Sigmund Freud’s reading of Gradiva, a novel about Pompeii by Willhelm Jensen.

In “After the End,” Caruth explored the ways in which philosophy and literature bear witness to a past buried in the ashes of history.

She also agreed to lead a seminar for faculty and students on her work on the philosopher Hannah Arendt.

The CLTC is supported with funds from the Humanities Advancement Board.

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