Sandro Botticelli, Saint Augustine in His Study, fresco, 152 cm × 112 cm, Church of Ognissanti, Florence, 1480. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.
May 21, 2020

Reading Sociable Solitude

Amy Hungerford
Zoom video conference
Free
Amy Hungerford, a distinguished scholar of 20th century American literature and the humanities, and Executive Vice-President of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, explores how different disciplines have thought about solitude and its relation to reading.

Amy Hungerford is the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She is also Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American literature, especially the period since 1945. Her monograph, Making Literature Now (Stanford, 2016) is about the social networks that support and shape contemporary literature in both traditional and virtual media. A hybrid work of ethnography, polemic, and traditional literary criticism, the book examines how those networks shape writers’ creative choices and the choices we make about reading. She is also the author of The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification (Chicago, 2003) and Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton, 2010) and serves as the editor of the ninth edition of the Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume E, “Literature Since 1945”.

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