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Phenomenology and Literature: An Afternoon Workshop

Thursday, January 14, 2016 -
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG
Seminar Room

Oxford Phenomenology Network invites anyone with an interest in literature and/or phenomenology to join us for this half-day event. We hope to provoke stimulating and productive conversations about how phenomenology and literature can inform each other. The event will have a colloquial atmosphere, comprising no more than 30 participants.

The event will include a workshop element with pre-circulated readings. We are also delighted to welcome a panel of five researchers working at the intersection of phenomenology and literature: Dr Elizabeth Barry (University of Warwick), Dr Carole Bourne-Taylor (University of Oxford), Professor Maximilian De Gaynesford (University of Reading), Dr Ulrika Maude (Bristol University), and Dr David Nowell Smith (University of East Anglia). Each researcher will deliver a 10-to-15-minute talk on how they approach the phenomenology-literature relationship; these brief provocations are designed to stimulate subsequent open discussion on questions such as:

• What is at stake in using phenomenology as a theory to be applied to literary texts?

• [How] can phenomenological contexts for literature operate fruitfully alongside other formal, historical and theoretical contexts?

• [How] can phenomenological ideas help us to understand the process of reading?

• [How] can literary texts help us to illuminate phenomenological ideas?

• To what extent are phenomenological texts 'literary' in their own right?

Thanks to our TORCH Network Grant, this event will be free to all participants. A sandwich lunch, plus tea and coffee, will be provided. If you would like to attend, please email the organisers – Dr Cleo Hanaway-Oakley, Dr John Scholar, and Erin Lafford – at, briefly (in no more than 100 words) outlining your interest in the topic. As places are limited, we urge you to get in touch soon (definitely by Wednesday 23rd December) – places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Contact name: 
Erin Lafford
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