9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Socrates found poets to be so dangerous he wished to exile them from his Republic. Who fears poets and literature today? Perhaps we should more than we are aware. Both totalitarian and democratic regimes have, it is argued, ways of regulating words, spreading myths, and mitigating dissent. This seminar will explore the links between literature and the world it describes. Specific topics to consider: what are the links between aesthetics and politics, between words and power? Theorists to be discussed include Raymond Williams (who was British) and the French critic Roland Barthes.
Seminar led by Sunil Agnani, University of Illinois at Chicago
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