Talking American Literature and Culture: “Dickinson Thinking Disaster”
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Zoom meeting: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/67020387033
- Lecturer: Kristen Case (Professor of English, University of Maine)
- Organiser: Department of English, Uppsala University
- Contact person: Daniel Kane
In the wake of disaster and violence and in anticipation of disaster and violence, what might we learn from writers who have thought deeply about what it means to be wounded, and how woundedness might comprise both a way of knowing and a basis for community?
This talk turns to Emily Dickinson’s poems as a way of thinking though the link between our finitude and our solidarity with one another. Following work on care, grief, and precarity by Isabelle Stengers, Cathy Caruth, and others, I explore Dickinson’s poems of unknowability as models of traumatized knowing, a knowing that seeks passage past its own limits.