11-6-2013 Tom Eyers
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Date: November 6 (Wed.), 4:30-6:00, Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University.
Title: "The Peril of the Digital Humanities: New Positivisms and the Fate of Literary Theory"
Presenter: Tom Eyers, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Duquesne University
Abstract: Attendees at the MLA annual conference and readers of The Chronicle of Higher Education will have noticed a sharp spike in recent years in talk of the ‘digital humanities'. Literary scholars, especially, have put advanced content analysis and other digital techniques to use in tracking empirical shifts in different literary genres as they mutate over time. Such projects can be understood as situated in a broader turn to various kinds of historicism in literary studies since the waning of ‘high theory' in the 1990s. Little attention has thus far been paid to the theoretical vision of literature and literariness that underpins the explosion in digital modeling. While avoiding empty polemic, this talk will enquire after those visions as expressed in the recent work of Franco Moretti and others, asking what becomes of literary theory in its most critical sense when technological methodologies threaten to eclipse an explicit awareness of our theoretical presuppositions.
Bio: Tom Eyers is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University. He's the author of two books: Lacan and the Concept of the Real (Palgrave, 2012) and Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology and Marxism in Postwar France (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). His current book project has the tentative title Speculative Formalism: The Poetics of Form in Literature, Science and Philosophy.
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