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Thursday, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 401, JW Marriott

Lukács’s Theory of the Novel at One Hundred: Historicism, Realism, Critique

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A special session. Presiding: Anna Kornbluh, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

Speakers: Timothy Bewes, Brown Univ.; Joshua Clover, Univ. of California, Davis; Tom Eyers, Duquesne Univ.; Andrew Hoberek, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia; Sandra Macpherson, Ohio State Univ., Columbus; Ignacio Sanchez Prado, Washington Univ. in St. Louis; Emily Steinlight, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Moretti has expressed that Lukács’s The Theory of the Novel (1916) is less a theory than a history (a periodizing claim). This history now has its own history. Panelists ask both what the historicizing gesture looks like one hundred years later and whether the theoretical tenets of Lukács’s analysis can now come into higher relief.

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