Women in Intellectual Life: The "Erotics" of Intellectual Life

Colloquium | March 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English

The (open-ended and thus intentionally ill-defined here) theme we hope to explore is that of the "erotics" of intellectual life. Why and how do we love intellectual work? How and where does it get charged with eros, welcome or, alas, unwelcome--and why does it get so charged? What kinds of intellectual work do we love, and what kinds are unloveable, and what kinds are done without anyone loving the intellectual worker for doing them? Does literary scholarship have a peculiar relationship to the love (or Love), simply because so much of literature is about love--and if so, does that contribute to an eros (or erotics) of literary study?

Or--whatever else comes up.