gave this year's Lecture for the Graduate Center for Literary Research (events).
The GCLR's Distinguished Visiting Professor, Christopher Prendergast, will be at UCSB the third week of October. Professor Prendergast's visit will center around two key events:
Wednesday, October 19th, 4:00-6:00pm: a graduate student seminar in the GCLR (Phelps 6206-C) titled "History and Periodisation: The Invention of the Century" on Part One of Fredric Jameson's A Singular Modernity.
Thursday, October 20th, 5:00-6:00pm: a public lecture in the Mosher Alumni House, "Culture, Politics & Comparative Philology in the Nineteenth Century: A French Riposte" (flyer attached, reception to follow).
Christopher Prendergast is Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College. He was formerly Distinguished Professor in French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is a member of the British Academy, the Academia Europea and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He specializes in French literature and cultural history, principally of the 19th and 20th centuries. His publications include Signs of the Times: Introductory Readings in Semiotics (co-editor with Stephen Heath and Colin McCabe) 1971; Balzac: Fiction and Melodrama, 1978; The Order of Mimesis, 1986; Paris-Spectacle: Images de Paris dans la peinture au Musée d'Orsay,1987; Nineteenth-Century French Poetry. Introductions to Close Reading (editor and contributor), 1990; Writing the City. Paris and the Nineteenth Century, 1992; An Anthology of World Literature (Co-editor), 1994; Cultural Materialism. Essays on Raymond Williams (editor and contributor), 1995; The Spectacles of Realism: Gender, Body, Genre (co-editor and contributor), 1995; Napoleon and History Painting, 1997; The Triangle of Representation, 2000; Debating World Literature (editor and contributor), 2004; For the People, By the People? Eugene Sue's 'Les Mystères de Paris', 2004; The Classic: Sainte-Beuve and the Nineteenth-Century Culture Wars, 2007; The Fourteenth of July, 2008. He is the general editor of the Penguin translation of Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu, and is currently writing a book on Proust and Scepticism. He also holds the title of Honorary Professor at the University of Copenhagen.