Jennifer Fleissner: “The Ordering Power of Disorder: Henry Adams and the Return of the Darwinian Era”

April 1, 2011

Friday, April 1 at 4:00, LC 319. The Americanist Colloquium presents: Jennifer Fleissner, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University.  Professor Fleissner works and teaches primarily in the fields of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, with an emphasis on the turn of the century, the era of realism, naturalism, and early modernism.  She is interested in a set of problems generated by Weber’s and Foucault’s distinct yet related accounts of modernity as the rise of various strategies—some institutional, others personal—for “rationalizing” or “disciplining” human bodily life.  She is the author of Women, Compulsion, Modernity: The Moment of American Naturalism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004).

Respondent: Andrew Seal (American Studies, Yale University)

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