Thursday Lecture Series

Critique and Its Discontents: Notes toward a Post-Critical (?) Pedagogy

Thursday, The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Professors Burnett and Dolven give a talk based on their team-taught graduate course, “Critique and Its Discontents.” Criticism is preoccupied with what is behind the curtain or inside the box: we are a generation of unmaskers, they argue, whose task is to protect ourselves from naïve belief, delusion, and enchantment. The course and the talk ponder the project of critique and its history, but take an equal interest in alternatives, including imitation and forgery; appreciation and praise; observation and description; repetition, performance, memorization, meditation, consumption, and even ingestion.