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Cosmopoetics: Three Lecture on the Ecologies of Nature, Poetry, and Ethics – No. 3

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Category

Lecture

Date

April 17, 2024

Event Subtitle / Short Description

Poetry without Redemption (Rachel Bespaloff)

Speaker & Affiliation

James Porter, University of California, Berkeley

Time/Location

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
105 Chancellor Green

Sponsor(s)

Organized by the Bain-Swiggett Fund (Department of English), and cosponsored by the Classics and English Departments.

Description

James Porter’s teaching and research has followed a few different trajectories. One is a study of Nietzsche’s thought, early and late (Nietzsche and the Philology of the Future and The Invention of Dionysus: An Essay on ‘The Birth of Tragedy’ (both Stanford University Press, 2000). Another is a study of models of aesthetic sensation, perception, and experience in ancient Greece and Rome, which he explored in The Origins of Aesthetic Thought in Ancient Greece: Matter, Sensation, and Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2010; pbk. 2016). A continuation of this inquiry is The Sublime in Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2016; pbk. 2020), which received the C. J. Goodwin Award of Merit from The Society for Classical Studies (2017). A further strand is Jewish literary and critical thought in authors from Spinoza to Freud, Adorno, and Arendt. His most recent book is Homer: The Very Idea  (University of Chicago Press, 2021; pbk. 2023), which captures some of his interest in classical reception studies. He is co-editor of the preeminent series in this field, “Classical Presences” (Oxford University Press, 2005– ).