Sage Goellner, Colonial Shadows: Fromentin in Algeria
This presentation considers the often-neglected colonial context of nineteenth-century French author and artist Eugène Fromentin’s texts and paintings. Accompanied by French military escort to the city of Laghouat in southern Algeria in 1853, Fromentin was a reluctant witness to the aftermath of the brutal “pacification" of Laghouat, which had been besieged by the French six months prior to his visit. Through archival research of Fromentin’s written and visual representations of Laghouat, I analyze the haunted shadows of a bloody colonial repression of which Fromentin was well aware.
Ben Hair, The Tragedy of the Absurd
In this talk, I will offer a definition of tragedy in which the sense of the absurd is essential. In doing so, I do not seek to correct previous definitions of tragedy - as there have been many - but rather to gather from them the most potent, quintessential elements and argue for the absurd's place among them. I aspire, in this definition, to inspire new readings of tragic works and to establish the place of tragedy in contemporary society.
Ernesto Livorni, The Island Metaphor in Italian Hermetic Poetry
The Hermetic poets’ interest in the island metaphor (a metaphor that breathes the same salty air of the sea-journey and shipwreck metaphors and that is quite common among those poets) suggests a strong affinity between that image and the open form of the fragment. The island, in other words, resembles an isolated, and indeed fragmentary, tract or segment of words interrupting the sea of silence surrounding the voice of the poet. There are several collections of poems, besides poems, that give great emphasis to the metaphor of the island. The island metaphor is a rhetorical device for the Hermetic poets that responds to several solicitations: it may be understood formally, as the island is an image for the fragment that prevails in this poetic trend as the most common form employed by those poets, as well as existentially (and politically, as several of those poets reacted to Fascism).