Emerging Scholar Lecture Explores Art and Literature

November 02 2017
Category: Events

Emerging Scholar Lecture by Jan Steyn

The Emerging Scholar Lecture Series begins on Tuesday, November 7 with a presentation by Jan Steyn, a Ph.D. candidate from Cornell University. The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m., in the Gannett Tripp Library Lecture Hall.

Steyn’s presentation titled, “Who is Not Contemporary in Art and Literature,” focuses on the work of French artist, JR and British novelist and essayist, Geoff Dyer to address the gap between the theorization of the present in the (study of) literature and that in the (study of) other arts.

Steyn is a Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature at Cornell University specializing in contemporary world literature, especially, but not exclusively, from Africa and the Caribbean.

His first book project, creeping ever closer to completion, is called The Present Juncture: Literature, Translation, and the Limits of Contemporaneity. He is also an active literary translator and critic of contemporary works in Afrikaans, Dutch, English and French.

The Emerging Scholar Lecture Series is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Humanities Division and the Elmira College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  

The next lecture will be held in March. Stay tuned for more details.