English Department Fall Graduate Symposium
Margaret Cohen, Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French and Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Stanford University, will be delivering a talk on “Underwater Adventures: The Inspiration of Toxic Atmosphere.”
Professor Cohen is the author “The Novel and the Sea” (Princeton, 2010), which was awarded the Louis R. Gottschalk Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the George and Barbara Perkins Prize from the International Society for the Study of the Narrative. Her other books include Profane Illumination: Walter Benjamin and the Paris of Surrealist Revolution (University of California Press, 1993) and The Sentimental Education of the Novel (Princeton, 1999), which received the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione prize in French and Francophone literature. She has coedited two collections of scholarship on the European novel: The Literary Channel: The Inter-National Invention of the Novel with Carolyn Dever (Princeton, 2002), and Spectacles of Realism: Body, Gender, Genre with Christopher Prendergast (University of Minnesota Press, 1995). She has published widely on oceanic studies, and her current research investigates the impact of innovations in science and technology on literary and visual fantasies of the depths, since the opening of the underwater environment as a frontier of modernity in the middle of the nineteenth century.
The theme of the English Department’s Fall Graduate Symposium is “Ecologies: Modes of Reading Questions of Method, Horizons of Thought.”