Great New Books in the Humanities

An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction

Date: February 13, 2018

How does the literature and culture of early Victorian Britain look different if viewed from below? The flourishing radical press was home to daring literary experiments that embraced themes including empire and economic inequality, helping to shape mainstream literature. What emerges is a new vision of Victorian social life, in which fierce debates and surprising exchanges spanned the class divide.

Join us for a panel discussion on Greg Vargo's An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction: Chartism, Radical Print Culture, and the Social Problem Novel, a book that challenges long-held assumptions about the cultural separation between the “two nations” of rich and poor in the Victorian era.

Comments on the book will be offered by panelists, followed by hands-on letterpress printing on a platen press. Print your own postcard commemorating the release of An Underground History of Early Victorian Fiction, using nineteenth-century printing technology.  Participants include:

Lauren Goodlad
Professor, Department of English, Rutgers University

Anne Humpherys
Professor, Department of English, Lehman College

Greg Vargo (author)
Assistant Professor, Department of English, NYU

Moderated by Jonathan Franklin, Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, NYU.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Freud’s Trip to Orvieto

Date: January 30, 2018

Italian Renaissance painting, almost more than anything else Freud experienced in his daily life, brought on some of his most intense personal reactions. This event will focus on Freud's letters and little-known reflections on art he saw in the early years of his life, more than his better-known psychoanalytic approach to the lives and work of Leonardo Da Vinci and others.

In particular, the discussants will evoke pictures by Titian, Botticelli, and Luca Signorelli, all of which deeply moved Freud, as well as his analysis of the Hans Holbein painting he saw in Dresden. They will also take a look at Meyer Shapiro’s views on Freud’s experience of, and writing about, art.

A discussion with:

Kent Minturn
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Nicholas Fox Weber
Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

Moderated by Pepe Karmel
Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, NYU

We will also be celebrating Nicholas Fox Weber's recent book, Freud’s Trip to Orvieto: The Great Doctor’s Unresolved Confrontation with Antisemitism, Death, and Homoeroticism; his Passion for Paintings; and the Writer in His Footsteps (Bellevue Literary Press, 2017).

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Empress of the East

Date: December 5, 2017

A discussion of Leslie Peirce’s new book, Empress of the East, the life story of Roxelana (Hurrem in Turkish), beloved concubine of Suleyman the Magnificent and the only queen the Ottomans ever knew. Challenging the persistent view that Roxelana’s scheming undermined the empire, the book argues that the changes she and Suleyman wrought instead strengthened the dynastic regime. Roxelana’s most consequential accomplishment was the aggrandizement of the imperial harem’s political stature. The book hopes to move the history of sixteenth-century women rulers eastward, geographically beyond what the traditional narrative tells us about female power. The panel brings perspectives from outside the empire as well as from later Ottoman times.

Lale Can
Assistant Professor of History, City College, CUNY

Leslie Peirce
Silver Professor of History, NYU

Jane Tylus
Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature, NYU

Larry Wolff
Silver Professor of History, NYU

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


When Modern Men Became Feminists

Date: November 7, 2017

A panel discussion of the men's engagement with women's rights from the early 20th century on, with New York Times columnist Gail Collins and biographers Christoph Irmscher and Brooke Kroeger. Panelists will also discuss Brooke Kroeger's new book The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote. Co-sponsored by the Arther L. Carter Journalism Institute, Yale University Press, and SUNY Press.

Gail Collins
New York Times columnist
Author, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Story of American Women from 1960 to the Present
Author, America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines

Christoph Irmscher
Author, Max Eastman: A Life
Provost Professor in English and George F. Getz Jr. Professor, Indiana University

Brooke Kroeger
Author, The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote
Professor, NYU Arther L. Carter Journalism Institute

Event Location:
NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003


The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music

Date: October 17, 2017

Join us for a panel discussion of Licia Fiol-Matta's new book, The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music. Panelists will engage the book's central concept of "the thinking voice" as a practice of listening, discussing voice as a "full emptiness": a performed gap out of sync with gender and genre. Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Licia Fiol-Matta
Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, NYU

Gayatri Gopinath
Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU

Jack Halberstam
Professor of Gender Studies and English, Columbia University

Fred Moten
Professor of Performance Studies, NYU

Rubén Ríos Ávila
Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, NYU

Alexandra Vazquez
Associate Professor of Performance Studies, NYU

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States