11 Mar 2011 2:00pm - 5:30pm CRASSH


A colloquium with Cathy Caruth (Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Emory University).  Professor Caruth will be talking about her paper  Lying and History. This follows her lecture at CRASSH on Thursday 10 March.

Panel 1: Arendt and History

Lying and History introduced by Cathy Caruth

Raymond Geuss (Philosophy, University of Cambridge)
Waseem Yaqoob (POLIS, University of Cambridge)


Panel 2: Trauma, Refugee Studies, and Literature

Chair: Mary Jacobus (English, University of Cambridge)

Cultural Fantasies of the Virtuoso and the Trauma of Attachment
Lucia Ruprecht (German, University of Cambridge)

That which you are denying us: The Perplexities of Refugee Speak
Lyndsey Stonebridge (English, University of East Anglia)

Departure into Life: Percy Shelley and Overliving
Ross Wilson (English, University of East Anglia) 



The reports on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction decided that the US invasion of Iraq could start. Today, we know that these weapons were fiction, an image produced to justify the war. Discussing Hannah Arendt and the Vietnam war, Cathy Caruth shows that this type of political imagery has a long tradition in the US.


Programme and Reading

Please click on the links on the right hand side of the page to see the programme and to download the paper, Lying and History.

The event is free to attend but registration is required.  Please email Michelle Maciejewska to register your interest.


About Professor Cathy Caruth


Professor Cathy Caruth is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Emory University. Research interests include English and German romanticism, literary theory, psychoanalytic writing and trauma theory. Her publications include “Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History”; Editor, with introduction, of “Trauma: Explorations in Memory”; Co-editor, “Critical Encounters: Reference and Responsibility in Deconstructive Writing”; Special Editor, “Psychoanalysis, Culture and Trauma”; “Empirical Truths and Critical Fictions: Locke, Wordsworth, Kant, Freud”.

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