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Literatures, languages division establishes lecture series

The Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages Distinguished Lecture Series kicks off next week with a talk and seminar by the University of Chicago's Françoise Meltzer, a professor of Romance languages, comparative literature and divinity.

Meltzer's lecture, "Thinking Rupture: 1848 in France," will take place at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Room 113 of Pigott Hall (Building 260). A reception at 5 p.m. in Room 252 of Pigott Hall will precede the lecture. A brown-bag lunch seminar is scheduled for noon the following day in Room 252. All events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the division's newly established research unit, the lecture series aims to enlist speakers with the "broadest possible appeal," according to English and comparative literature Professor Roland Greene, who heads the division. Greene said he hopes speakers will attract a multidisciplinary audience of humanities scholars and students from the university and across the Bay Area.

Meltzer is the author of For Fear of the Fire: Joan of Arc and the Limits of Subjectivity (2001); Hot Property: The Stakes and Claims of Literary Originality (1994); and Salome and the Dance of Writing: Portraits of Mimesis in Literature (1987). She is editor of The Trial(s) of Psychoanalysis (1988) and serves on the editorial board of the journal Critical Inquiry.

The research unit supports the projects of several different research-interest groups composed of faculty and students from the division. Each group is expected to create a publication or some other kind of "tangible" research product, Greene said.



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