Professor Victoria Kahn från Berkeleyuniversitetet gästar Institutionen för kultur och estetik i vår
Victoria Kahn.

Professor Kahn holds the Katherine Bixby Hotchkis chair in English at the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in Early Modern literature, and has published widely on Machiavelli and Hobbes, combining her longstanding interest in history and political theory with literature. Her books include The Future of Illusion: Political Theology and Early Modern Texts, 2014, Wayward Contracts: The Crisis of Political Obligation in England, 1640-1674, 2004, Machiavellian Rhetoric from the Counter-Reformation to Milton, 1994, and Rhetoric, Prudence, and Skepticism, 1985. She has also edited several anthologies, the latest being Politics and the Passions, 1500–1850, 2006, with Neil Saccamano.

"Literariness in Kant, Kierkegaard, and Coetzee"

This lecture looks at the history of literariness after Kant. It provides a genealogy of the modern definition of literariness as "making strange" by focusing on the shift from Kant's defense of disinterestedness in The Critique of Judgment, to Kierkegaard's notion of the interesting in Either/Or and Fear and Trembling, to Coetzee's ironic reprise of Renaissance notions of making in his novel, Elizabeth Costello.

Professor Kahn will also present the lecture "The Trouble with Literature" at May 14th, 3–5 pm.

Information: Professor Ulf Olsson,