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The Moulding of Subjectivity in Literature
 
A Presentation by Professor Jørgen Dines Johansen
 Chair of General and Comparative Literature at Odense University
Friday May 7, 1999 at 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Anthropology, HSSB 2001A
 
Co-sponsored by the Center for Evolutionary Psychology,
the Program in Cognitive Science, the Department of Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies, and the Department of English
 
 
Background
 
The question addressed in this lecture is: why is it that literature furthers the articulation of subjectivity?  The thesis is that the virtualization of both the discursive universe and the communicative situation allows this dimension to take over to an extent impossible in other forms of communication. The production of literature will also be compared to fantasizing and the creation of a transitory space.

Professor Johansen is a prominent Danish scholar who holds the chair of General and Comparative Literature at Odense University.  His areas of expertise include pragmatics and semiotics, with critical emphasis on the pertinent writings of Charles Sanders Peirce, Louis Hjelmslev, Jürgen Habermas, and Umberto Eco. His guest professorships and residencies include recent visits to Indiana University, University of Alberta, UC Berkeley, University of Helsinki, University of Toronto, and University of Oslo. Of his numerous books and articles, Dialogic Semiosis (Indiana University Press, 1993) is best-known in the United States.

Personal web page: http://www.ou.dk/hum/dines/

 
 
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