Theory Colloquium

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Theory Colloquium

The Theory Colloquium is an organization of graduate students that supports the discussion of cultural criticism, especially that with significance to the entangled traditions of Marxism and psychoanalysis. We invite scholars, writers, and teachers of literary theory to present the English Department with recent work; we also sponsor the informal study of texts central to the field. In the past our itinerary has consisted of talks on Jean-Claude Milner, Gilles Deleuze, and Paul de Man, and reading groups on Marx’s Capital and Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason. The Theory Colloquium aspires to strengthen methodological commitments across the Department. As part of our effort to serve the entire community, we are keen to coordinate with other colloquia, and we welcome the participation of all students and faculty, regardless of specialty. For a list of events from 2016-2017, please see below; to get involved, please contact Ali Mctar ( or Russ Leo (

Upcoming Events

Sep 25
TBA 4: 30 PM

Past Events


Dec 07
Ayesha Ramachandran, Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University
40 McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Lyric Thinking: Humanism, Poetry, Modernity

Please review introduction prior to talk.  Introduction available from Mary Prokop (

Reception in Thorp Library following talk.


May 05
Christopher Wood, Professor of German at New York University
4: 30 PM 4: 30 PM

Migrants and Truth Production, 1400-1700

A daylong conference on the significance of migration to the literary, cultural, and intellectual history of the early modern period, featuring a keynote from Christopher Wood, Professor of German at New York University.

Apr 24
Paul North, Yale University
4: 30 PM 4: 30 PM

A conversation with Paul North, Professor of German at Yale, about his 2015 study of Franz Kafkaâ's ZÃrau Aphorisms.

Oct 25
Ian Balfour, Department of English, York University, Toronto, Canada
East Pyne, Room 205 5: 00 PM

This event was a collaboration between our colloquium and Comparative Literature, German, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and the Theory Colloquium. Professor Balfour gave a lively presentation on the aesthetics of the sublime and inversion.