Two Concepts to Think With: The Unconscious and Fetishism

Updated: Apr 4, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

AUR Auditorium, Via Pietro Roselli 16


Marc Redfield, Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University, will talk about the role of theory in textual analysis with a particular focus on the concepts of the Freudian unconscious and the Marxian notion of commodity fetishism.



Marc Redfield studies British, American, French and German literature and literary theory of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on romanticism and on the history, philosophy, and politics of post-romantic aesthetics. He has written on the Bildungsroman; on intersections of nationalism, media, and technics; on terrorism and war; and on the history and practice of literary theory, particularly deconstruction. He is the author of Phantom Formations: Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman (1996); The Politics of Aesthetics: Nationalism, Gender, Romanticism (2003); The Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror (2009); and Theory at Yale: The Strange Case of Deconstruction in America (2016). He has co-edited High Anxieties: Cultural Studies in Addiction (2002), edited Legacies of Paul de Man (2007), co-edited Points of Departure: Samuel Weber between Spectrality and Reading (2016), and guest-edited special issues of the journals Diacritics, Romantic Praxis, and The Wordsworth Circle.

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