Circumstantial Detail

A Seminar with John Durham Peters
Sep 19, 2023, 12:00 pm1:30 pm


Event Description

We will consider the part played by circumstantial detail in narrative through a 200-year-old essay by Thomas De Quincey, two stories by Jorge Luís Borges, and a recent essay. Here again the question will be the media by which we make meaning, the proofs by which we render art or testimony plausible.

Register for pre-reads and provided lunch

Please register by Friday, Sep. 15.

John Durham Peters

John Durham Peters teaches and writes on media history and philosophy. He is the María Rosa Menocal Professor of English and of Film & Media Studies at Yale University. He taught at the University of Iowa between 1986-2016. He is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication, Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition, and most recently, The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media.

  • Department of English
  • Humanities Council