113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Critical Theory I

Session Chair: 
Alexis Briley, Colgate University
Session 1: Friday 8:50-10:20am
Salon I (ET)
Topic Area: 


  1. Aaron Hodges, Pennsylvania State University
    On the occasion of Woolf's publication of To the Lighthouse, she sent her friend Vita Sackville-West a publisher's dummy edition -- a blank book -- bearing an inscription that it was "the best novel I have ever written." This paper locates Woolf's joke at the heart of the complex relations, in Woolf's aesthetic and literary doctrine, between modernism, materialism, and the ontology of the artwork. 
  2. Benjamin Bishop, Western Oregon University
    This paper examines Alain Badiou's seminar on Parmenides where he maps Eleatic ontology onto a topological object, the Borromean lock. The paper wants to advance Badiou's approach by closely reading Fr. 3, where being and thought become knotted and are rendered equivalent by the introduction of another component, which Parmenides calls "the same."
  3. John Hicks, Getty Research Institute
    This paper examines the mode of existence  (ontology) of performance works for which the score--the set of instructions that performers must follow in order to perform the work--is impossible to realize. 
  4. Christopher Carlton, Independent Scholar
    In the late 1960s, Theodor Adorno formulated a paradox of thingliness in modern art: art must become thing – illusion of self-identical form – to separate from empiria; and yet, in separating from reality, the artwork more and more resembles mere thing, especially the process-for-itself – meaningless – of social reproduction. This paradox of thingliness in art will be discussed not through Adorno's formulation of it but through George Oppen's poem “Image of the Engine” from The Materials (1962).
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