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April 2015

Nicholas Paige (Berkeley), From Examples to Samples: Quantifying the Fictionality of the French Novel, 1681-1820

April 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Most historians of the novel’s “rise” argue by example and example alone.  We generate our narratives about the genre’s history from a few works that we assume to be either representative of the mass of works or as harbingers of future practice.  Should we want to counter those narratives, we just pick some other works, or, more commonly, subject the same works to a different reading.  What happens, though, if we move from interpreting examples to taking samples?  I’ll try…

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May 2015

Janice Radway (Northwestern), lecture TBA

May 14 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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