Free public seminar (all welcome): Branka Arsic (SUNY Albany), “Memorial Life: Thoreau, Freud and Benjamin on Nature in Mourning” and David Wills (SUNY Albany), “Bloodless Coup: Love in the Heart of Technology”, at the Swedenborg , Wynter Room, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, 6-8pm on Tuesday 22nd May.
Branka Arsic specialises in nineteenth-century literature and culture, and early American literature. She is the author of On Leaving: A Reading in Emerson (Harvard UP, 2010), and a book on Melville entitled Passive Constitutions or 7½ Times Bartleby (StanfordUP, 2007). She has co-edited (with Cary Wolfe) a collection of essays on Emerson, entitled The Other Emerson: New Approaches, Divergent Paths (University of Minnesota Press, 2010).
David Wills has written widely on literary theory, especially the work of Jacques Derrida, film theory, and comparative literature. He has translated numerous texts by Jacques Derrida including The Gift of Death (Chicago UP, 1995) and The Animal That Therefore I Am (Fordham UP, 2008) and is the author of several books including Prosthesis (Stanford UP, 1995) and Dorsality: Thinking Back Through Technology and Politics (U of Minnesota Press, 2008).