Past Event

Amanda Anderson - Political Psychology, Literary Studies, and the Question of Method

October 20, 2022
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Event time is displayed in your time zone.
Buell Hall, Columbia University, 515 West 116th Street, New York

Event Description

Despite extensive interest over the past few decades in the question of method, the literary field’s informing psychological frameworks are often not subject to much scrutiny, particularly its tendency to privilege psychoanalytic categories drawn from the tradition of Freud, Klein, and Lacan. Taking John Guillory’s Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation as a case in point, she will explore the ways in which the encounter with the psychological unconscious of the field remains largely deferred thirty years later after the publication of that important study. One consequence of this field condition is that the dominant psychological assumptions continue to have an ineluctable connection to, and constraint on, the field’s political imaginary. By shifting our attention to post-Kleinian object relations (Winnicott, in particular) and Axel Honneth’s work on recognition and respect, we might begin to develop a political psychology more attuned to current challenges and more in line with some of the impulses behind the method debates.

Event Speaker

Amanda Anderson, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English at Brown University

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage or email [email protected]. Please visit the Heyman’s Center website for directions.

Hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.