Posing Foolish Questions: What Is Literature?

A Review of Jacques Rancière’s Mute Speech Jerilyn Sambrooke “There are some questions we dare no longer pose.” Jacques Rancière, Mute Speech Jacques Rancière’s bold challenge opens Mute Speech (1998), one of his most rigorous works on aesthetics, only just recently published in English (2011).  In this opening claim, Rancière echoes the famous, elusive question that Jean-Paul Sartre posed in 1949: what is literature?  Gérard Genette (1993) offers a contemporary... Read More

2 More CFPs on Religion, Literature, Culture and the Arts

The International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture has just listed two new CFPs for conferences in 2012. The Society’s annual conference, hosted in Copenhagen in 2012, will focus on “Cultures in Transition: Presence, Absence, Memory.” Here is the link to the Society’s new webpage where all the CFP info is located: http://isrlc.org/. The 8th annual conference on Religion, Literature and the Arts, hosted at the University of Iowa, will have the... Read More