Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Bataille on Beckett's "Molloy"

The next meeting for the Quilting Points Reading Group will be in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English at 5.15 on Tuesday the 6th of December. The text under discussion will be Georges Bataille's review of Samuel Beckett's "Molloy".Dr. Claire Lozier (Leeds) will give a short introduction to Bataille's work and its relation to Samuel Beckett's writing, which will be followed by a general discussion of the essay as both theory and commentary. Some wine will be served and people are welcome to bring their own.


For a pdf copy of the essay (in English and/or French) or for general
comments or expressions of interest (in introducing a thinker or
presenting at our seminar series),please contact us:


quiltingpoints@gmail.com

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Finnegans Wake Reading Group: 31st October


Following on from our successful first meeting and, as previously announced, the next meeting of the new James Joyce Finnegans Wake Reading Group will be on Monday 31st October from 5.00 to 6.30 pm in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English.
     We’ll be resuming on page 558 line 33 “Where are we at all? And whenabouts in the name of space?” and proceeding to page 562 or thereabouts.  
     Readers completely new to the Finnegans Wake experience will find helpful brief introductions in the chapter “Finnegans Wake: Novel and Anti-Novel” in A Companion to James Joyce (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), pages 71-98 and “Finnegans Wake” in James Joyce: A Post-culturalist Perspective (Macmillan-Palgrave, 1992), pp. 98-122.
 
Richard Brown r.h.brown@leeds.ac.uk
Arthur Rose enajr@leeds.ac.uk

Gilles Deleuze on Beckett's Exhaustion


The next meeting for the Quilting Points Reading Group will be in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English at 5.15 on Tuesday the 15th of November. The text under discussion will be Gilles Deleuze's essay on Samuel Beckett, "The Exhausted" [l'Epuise]. Dr. Ruth Kitchen (Leeds) will give a short introduction to Deleuze's work and its relation to Samuel Beckett's writing, which will be followed by a general discussion of the essay as both theory and commentary. Some wine will be served and people are welcome to bring their own.

For a pdf copy of the essay (in English and/or French) or for general comments or expressions of interest (in introducing a thinker or presenting at our seminar series), please contact us:

quiltingpoints@gmail.com

Friday, 7 October 2011

Adorno's "Trying to Understand Endgame"


The next meeting for the Quilting Points Reading Group will be in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English at 5.15 on Tuesday the 25th of October. The text under discussion will be Theodor Adorno's essay on Samuel Beckett's Endgame, "Trying to Understand Endgame" [Versuch, das Endspiel zu verstehen]. Michael Springer (York) will give a short introduction to Adorno's work and its relation to Samuel Beckett's writing, which will be followed by a general discussion of the essay as both theory and commentary. Some wine will be served and people are welcome to bring their own.

For a pdf copy of the essay (in English and/or German) or for general comments or expressions of interest (in introducing a thinker or presenting at our seminar series), please contact us:

quiltingpoints@gmail.com

Friday, 16 September 2011

James Joyce Reading Group 2011-12


   The James Joyce Reading Group in the School of English will be starting off again this semester for 2011-12 in a somewhat different form in response to a number of requests to offer an informal forum for the reading and discussion of Finnegans Wake. We’ll be meeting on the first Monday of the month during term time from 5.00 to 6.30 pm in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English (except for a meeting on October 31st  instead of November 7th).
     The first meeting will be Monday 3rd October. 
     The plan is to begin with Book Three Chapter Four, starting on page 555 with the line “What was thaas?” and to attempt to get through the whole of that chapter during the year or as much as we can of it. All are welcome whether experienced and confident readers of the Wake or bemused/enthusiastic newcomers.  I’ll bring along Douglas Jefferson’s personal copy to start us off at the first meeting.
     Readers completely new to the novel will find helpful brief introductions in the chapter “Finnegans Wake: Novel and Anti-Novel” in A Companion to James Joyce (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), pages 71-98 and “Finnegans Wake” in James Joyce: A Post-culturalist Perspective (Macmillan-Palgrave, 1992), pp. 98-122.
     This year the Joyce Reading Group will run in conjunction with the Samuel Beckett and critical theory strain of the "Quilting Points" postgraduate seminar in the School of English.  
Richard Brown r.h.brown@leeds.ac.uk
Arthur Rose enajr@leeds.ac.uk

Thursday, 8 September 2011

We are happy to invite all interested parties to attend the first meeting of the 2011/2012 Academic Year.
The meeting will be in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English at 5.15 on Wednesday the 5th of October. The text under discussion will be Maurice Blanchot's review of Samuel Beckett's "The Unnameable". A short introduction to Blanchot's work and its relation to Samuel Beckett's writing will be followed by a general discussion of the value of the review as a theoretical piece in its own right. Some wine will be served and people are welcome to bring their own. 

For a pdf copy of the review or for general comments or expressions of interest (in introducing a thinker or presenting at our seminar series), please contact us:

quiltingpoints@gmail.com

Saturday, 2 April 2011

The 'to come' in post 9/11 British cinema: Sally Potter's "Yes"

We are happy to announce a Quilting Points Seminar will take place at 5:30 on Monday 9th May 2011 in the Douglas Jefferson Room at the School of English, University of Leeds. Dr Natalie Diebschlag (Leeds) will be presenting a paper entitled "The 'to come' in post 9/11 British Cinema: Sally Potter's Yes". All are welcome.
 
The to come in post 9/11 British cinema: Sally Potter's Yes

Written in immediate response to 9/11 and released in the UK shortly after the London bombings in 2005, Sally Potter's film Yes portrays the romantic encounter between a Lebanese surgeon and an Irish-American embryologist in London, Beirut and Cuba. Yes is a statement of hope and a plea for unconditional hospitality which avoids didactic undertones and instead dazzles by its stylised use of language and its unconventional cinematography: the dialogues are written in iambic pentametre and the visual grammar evokes the Joycean stream-of-consciousness. Framed within Jacques Derrida's concept of invention, my paper argues that it is the formal experimentalism – rather than an explicit political statement – which makes Yes radically political and ethical. According to Derrida, invention, by breaching the borders of a given aesthetic tradition, does nothing less than invent a new community. Although such a community as it comes into being through art can never become a reality, let alone an official political programme, its differential relation to empirical geopolitics prevents the closure of hegemonic structures and opens history to what Derrida has called the to come. Focussing on the film's representation of Cuba as “the memory of a hope” and the human body as a site where metaphysical hierarchies disintegrate, I suggest that Yes adds a further layer of inventiveness: inscribed in the theoretical experience of deconstruction as a chapter in philosophy, it allows us to explore the logic and poetics of Derrida's own writing strategies. In addition, I argue that in today’s global conflict Derrida’s legacy develops its full political potential when translated into artistic practice.

Natalie Diebschlag recently completed her PhD at the School of English at the University of Leeds, where she is editorial assistant at Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, taught on several modules, was co-organiser of an interdisciplinary conference entitled “Art and Power” as well as co-organiser of a fortnightly seminar series on Australasian cinema. She is now tutor at the University of York and Leeds Metropolitan University.  Her PhD focused on selected writings by Michael Ondaatje and Jacques Derrida in terms of a countersigning dialogue between theory and literature and her current interests explore artistic creations of subjectivity in liberal and advanced democracy. Natalie has worked as academic translator and her publications include “Spectral encounters: Divisadero and the ethics of reading” (Moving Worlds, 10:2: 2010)

Monday, 28 March 2011

'The Hedgehog and Lord Brown: The "To Come" of the Humanities' by Dr Maebh Long (an update)

The paper presented by our speaker, Dr Maebh Long, has been published by the journal World Picture in their issue entitled 'Sustainability'. The essay can be found here. We encourage you all to read it.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Quilting Points Meeting: Agusto Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed'

The reading group will be meeting at 17.15 on Tuesday the 5th of April to discuss Agusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, to follow on from our reflections on spectator and spectacle at the Guy Debord meeting. The main text will be Frances Babbage's second chapter from Agusto Boal, 'Theatre of the Oppressed'. The discussion will be led by Katie Elphick, who will give a brief introduction to Boal and the chapter. The book is accessible online through the Leeds library, and through www.dawsonera.com.
Venue: Seminar Room 5.

Hope to see you there.

The Link is here.



The Press about Babbage's Agusto Boal:
This useful study combines: a biographical and historical overview of Boal's career as playwright and director in-depth analysis of Boal's classic text on radical theatre, The Theatre of the Oppressed exploration of training and production techniques practical guidance to Boal's workshop methods.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Quilting Points Meeting: Blanchot's Reflections on Nihilism from The Infinite Conversation Tuesday 15th of March

The next Quilting Points Reading Group Meeting will be on Tuesday the 15th of March at 5.15 pm in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English. We will be reading Maurice Blanchot's three essays on Nietzsche from The Infinite Conversation. No familiarity with Nietzsche is required. If you would like copies of the text, please email quiltingpoints@gmail.com.

Please also remember Dr Maebh Long will be presenting a paper entitled "The Hedgehog and Lord Browne: the "to come" of the Humanities" at a combined Critical and Cultural Theory Group and Quilting Points Seminar next week, Thursday 10th of March at 5.30 pm, also in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English.
All are welcome to both events.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

The Hedgehog and Lord Browne: the “to come” of the Humanities

We are happy to announce the inaugural seminar of the Quilting Points Seminar Series will take place at 5.30 pm on the 10th of March 2011 in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English at the University of Leeds. Dr Maebh Long (Durham) will be presenting a paper entitled, The Hedgehog and Lord Browne: the "to come" of the Humanities. All are welcome.

The Hedgehog and Lord Browne: the “to come” of the Humanities
In Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, Martha Nussbaum speaks of the current global education crisis, in which the humanities, “seen by policy-makers as useless frills, at a time when nations must cut away all useless things in order to stay competitive in the global market, … are rapidly losing their place”. This paper investigates the future of education proposed by the Browne Report, a future in which the humanities are unabashedly sidelined as low-priority frills. Claiming to present a “sustainable future for education”, the Browne Report has constrained its future, effectively arguing that the only way to sustain education is to turn it into training. Knowledge and education in the Browne Report become subordinated to a purpose: education for profit, knowledge for simple problem solving. Its gift to the future is not a protected education system, but a training ground abandoned to the dictates of the market. Its sustainability is a mode of intolerant tolerance, a ringfencing that does not protect but abandons, a kettling.  
Critically engaging with the concepts of choice, sustainability and the future as they are presented and performed in the Browne Report, this paper calls for a recognition of importance of the humanities as that which is open to a different type of future, what Derrida calls the “to come”. It calls for an acknowledgement of that which defies quantification, impact and accountability. It calls for an appreciation of engagements with the performative, the non-thetic and the beyond-within. It calls for some respect for the hedgehog.
Maebh Long is a tutor at the Department of English Studies, Durham University. Her work positions Jacques Derrida within a lineage of thinkers who exploit structural irony, a non-propositional force of language, as a cognitive resource. Long was Chief Editor of the Institute of Advanced Studies' journal Kaleidoscope, co-convenor of the Inventions of the Text staff/student seminar, and co-convenor the English department's theory reading group. Her published work includes chapters entitled “Stepping Away: Radical Digressivity and At Swim-Two-Birds” in Textual Wanderings: The Theory and Practice of Narrative Digressions (Oxford: Legenda, forthcoming)  and “A Step Askew: Ironic Parabasis in Blanchot” in Blanchot Romantique (Bern: Peter Lang, 2010).

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

[Southern] African Studies Exchange Conference Berlin/Leeds

There is to be a mini-exchange conference between MA and Phd students and academics of the University of Leeds and Humboldt-University of Berlin on the 15th and 16th of February in the School of English and the Leeds Humanities Research Institute at the University of Leeds. Papers will treat topics in the fields of African literary and cultural studies, theatre studies, politics and poetry. The programme may be found here.

Monday, 7 February 2011

The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

We will be meeting on the 22nd of February in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English at 5.15 pm to discuss Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle, and, if there is the time and desire,  responses by Agamben and Ranciere.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Deleuze and Guattari's "Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature" Wednesday 2nd February

Quilting Points, or The reading group formerly known as the School of English Theory Reading Group, will be meeting at 5.15 on Wednesday the 2nd of February in the Douglas Jefferson Room of the School of English at the University of Leeds. The text under discussion is Deleuze and Guattari's Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature, with particular emphasis to the question posed by Chapter 3: What is a Minor Literature? All are welcome, and people are encouraged to bring something potable.