The London Book Trade and the Making of Irish, Scottish, and American Literature: A lunch talk with Joseph Rezek

12:30 pm on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
1:50 pm on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Department of International Relations, 154 Bay State Road, 2nd floor
Joseph Rezek, Assistant Professor of English, will discuss his current book project, The Aesthetics of Provinciality, in which he argues that modern aesthetic theory was shaped by the success of Irish, Scottish, and American authors who triumphed in the London book trade, including Maria Edgeworth, Walter Scott, Washington Irving, and James Fenimore Cooper. Such authors, faced with London’s dominance of the marketplace, developed two lasting and contradictory notions about literary expression: on the one hand, that it transcends nationality and inhabits an autonomous sphere of culture and, on the other, that it reveals deep and essential truths about an author’s native land. Mary Sarah Bilder, Professor of Law, Boston College, will respond. Lunch provided. Please RSVP by Friday, November 8.