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2017 May 04

Svetlana Boym Memorial Event: Film Premier - Judith Wechsler and Inaugural Svetlana Boym Memorial Lecture: Andreas Huyssen


Thursday, May 4, 2017, 4:00pm to 7:00pm


Boylston Hall, Fong Auditorium

The Department of Comparative Literature cordially invites you to the following joint events:

Film Premier:

Svetlana Boym: Exile and Imagination

a film by Judith Wechsler


Judith Wechsler is an art historian and filmmaker. She has written and directed 28 films, predominantly on art, for the Louvre, with the Comèdie francaise, for the Metropolitan Museum and others. Wechsler was the National Endowment for the Humanities Professor in art history at Tufts University, taught for many years at MIT and was visiting professor at Harvard and The Ecole normale supèrieure in Paris. She is the author of books on Cézanne and Daumier, and numerous articles and essays. Many of her films are distributed by The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and are archived at the Harvard University Film Archive. The French government named her a Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Together with the first annual
Svetlana Boym Memorial Lecture:

Andreas Huyssen

Andreas Huyssen
Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

The Politics of the Off-Modern in the Art From Elsewhere

The lecture will deal with the remembrance of violence in the work of Doris Salcedo, William Kentridge, and Nalini Malani.
Andreas Huyssen is the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he served as founding director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society (1998-2003). He chaired the Department of Germanic Languages from 1986-1992 and again from 2005-2008. He is one of the founding editors of New German Critique (1974-), and he has published widely in German and English. His books include After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism (1986), Twilight Memories: Marking Time in a Culture of Amnesia (1995), and Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory (2003), His most recent book is Miniature Metropolis: Literature in an Age of Photography and Film (Harvard UP 2015). He is currently working on a book about contemporary visual artists from beyond the Northern Transatlantic whose work re-articulates the relationship between politics and aesthetics in novel ways.

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard
Screening at 4:00pm, lecture at 5:00,
with a reception to follow


 Sponsored by the Harvard Department of Comparative Literature
in conjunction with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures,
the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
and the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies  

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2017 May 05

Comparative Literature Sophomores CL 97 performance: Not One


Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Holden Chapel

cl 97 event
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How to make a sound demonstration in the field of literary analysis? What are the building blocks for a cogent approach to comparative studies? We've paid attention to various scales of textual commentary, from the microscopic lens of close reading to the medium scope of thematic reading, with an eye to macroscopic trends in literary history and critical theory. We’ve befriended texts ranging from various genres (poetry; fiction; drama); related form to content, historical context to contemporary significance, and joined the dots connecting notions of authorship to reception theory.

Join the Comparative Literature Sophomores for an evening of performance, music, dance, and polyphonic translations.

With the support of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.