The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University is proud to present Dr. Joshua Landy, Associate Professor of French and co-director of the Literature and Philosophy Initiative at Stanford University, who will visit the ECU campus in Greenville, NC on Thursday, November 17, and give a talk titled "The Uses of Literature" at 4:45 in the Science & Technology Building, room OC 309.
Dr. Landy is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle Park and his talk will address the following topic:
"Faced with an increasing need to justify the value of literary study, many have responded in one of two ways, either by claiming unrealistic benefits ostensibly conferred by literature (moral improvement, for example) or by insisting on its glorious uselessness. This talk outlines three benefits literary artworks can genuinely be said to put on offer: (1) clarification; (2) formal modeling; (3) the fine-tuning of the capacities. For the third case, the Parable of the Sower in Mark will provide an extended example."
For more information regarding this event, please contact Javier Lorenzo, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at East Carolina University, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Javier Lorenzo
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
East Carolina University
3324 Bate Building
Phone: 252-328-2667 Email: email@example.com
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