Fragments of Self and World in Rousseau, Zola, and Benjamin

Apr 13, 2022, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Open to the public
Event Description

Jean-Jacques Rousseau inscribed playing cards with his thoughts about his self and the world around him. Emile Zola's preparatory notes for Le Ventre de Paris combined the practice of writerly self-discipline with extensive textual and visual representations of Paris. Walter Benjamin wrote both his self and the cultural and architectural structures of Paris into his Arcades ProjectCélia Abele (fellow; French and Italian) will explore how these material forms embody the intersection between self and world and between science and literature from the Enlightenment to the 20th century in France and Germany.

Department of French and Italian