Rita Felski - open event

Hooked! Art and Attachment In this talk literary scholar Rita Felski makes a case for “attachment” as a key word for the humanities. Organized by Tina Skouen. Panel: Karin Kukkonen and Michael Lundblad. Moderator: Louisa Olufsen Layne.

Rita Felski is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English, University of Virginia and Niels Bohr Professor, University of Southern Denmark. Photo from University of Virginia website.

Professor Felski is one of the most influential figures in literary studies today. Her claims about "the limits of critique" and "the postcritical turn" continue to engage both scholars in the field and broader audiences. In her new book project on aesthetic attachments, she argues that attachment directs our attention to what carries weight: it has both affective and ethical force. The goal is not to shift from the objective to the subjective but from a language of bifurcation (art versus society) to one of relation. Zadie Smith’s conversion to the music of Joni Mitchell offers a striking example of one kind of “attachment device”: that of attunement. (In Zadie Smith, "Some Notes on Attunement," The New Yorker, 2012, and in Feel Free: Essays, 2018). The latter half of the talk considers differing rhythms of attunement as well as the relation between mediation and the “presence” of an art work.

Felski's books include Critique and Postcritique (Duke University Press, 2017, co-edited with Elizabeth Anker), The Limits of Critique (Chicago University Press, 2015), Uses of Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and Literature after Feminism (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

This event is part of Literary Criticism in Action, a seminar series for PhD candidates organized by Tina Skouen at ILOS-Dept of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo. There will be a special PhD seminar with Rita Felski at ILOS on Friday.

Panel participants from ILOS at Litteraturhuset: Karin Kukkonen and Michael Lundblad. Moderator: Louisa Olufsen Layne.

The talk at Litteraturhuset Thurs 13 Sept is open to all! Pre-registration not necessary.


Published May 10, 2018 5:38 PM - Last modified Aug. 26, 2019 10:54 AM