History and Literature: The State of Play: A Roundtable Discussion (Columbia University)

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What is the current state of the dialogue between history and literary studies? In the first roundtable, panelists will explore recent attempts to situate the literary in relation to other textual practices, and ways in which the questions and methods of literary studies are impacting intellectual history and the history of philosophy and science. In the second roundtable, historians and literary scholars will explore how historical understandings are engaged in and produced by literary texts and traditions.

This roundtable is organized by the Department of French and Romance Philology, the Department of History at Columbia University and the Columbia Maison Française, with the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Columbia University will start offering an MA in History and Literature with the cooperation of Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Ecole Normale Supérieure at its Reid Hall campus in Paris in Fall 2011.

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