Stringer Lecture: Russ Castronovo, “Terror and the Informational Sublime: The Insecurity of the Gothic Novel”

February 21, 2020
2:00 - 3:30 PM
2115 Tawes Hall

The Stringer Fund, a bequest from the estate of John G. Stringer, is earmarked “expressly for the advancement of the study of 18th and 19th Century American and English literature” and the professional development for our students in these fields.

Professor Castronovo's Stringer Lecture will be held in 2115 Tawes and light refreshments will be served. The lecture is entitled, "Terror and the Informational Sublime: The Insecurity of the Gothic Novel," and Professor Castronvo has provided the following abstract: "Security poses a problem that is at once affective and aesthetic.  As states amass data to dispel the threat of terrorism, information itself becomes a source of sublime terror.  This talk wades into this contemporary crisis by taking the Gothic as critical commentary on the surveillance and information gathering that undergirds the project of security."

Russ Castronovo is the Tom Paine Professor of English and Dorothy Draheim Professor of American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is author of Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks and Revolutionary Communications in Early America (Oxford, 2014), Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era (Chicago, 2007), Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Spheres in  the Nineteenth-Century United States (Duke, 2001), Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom (UC Press, 1995). He is also the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Oxford, 2012) and the co-editor with Dana Nelson of Materializing Democracy: Toward a Revitalized Cultural Politics (Duke, 2002), among other publications.

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