April 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., 240/111: Olga Lenczewska (PhD candidate, Philosophy): Italo Calvino's 'Narrative Carnival': The Absolute Power and the Insuperable Limitations of Authorship
April 18, 2017, 6:15 p.m., 260/252
Chiara Ricciardone (PhD candidate in Rhetoric, UC Berkeley): "Ring Composition in Plato's Phaedo, And How it Explains the Mystery of Socrates' Last Words"
"In this essay, I diagram the ring composition or pedimental structure of Plato’s Phaedo to show how it resolves a number of interpretive puzzles, and introduces new ones. Chief among the new insights is a strong interpretation of Socrates’ last words, which imply that some illness has been healed. Following the premise that the meaning of a ring composition is in the middle, I argue that the healed disease is “misology”, or the despair of truth, which Socrates diagnoses at the crux of the dialogue. Other features of ring composition give insight into the relationship of the two halves of the dialogue (the Antapodosis argument and the Theory of Forms), the final myth of the earth, as well as a number of smaller vexed issues. Because a ring is composed by a series of parallel sections, attention to this structure brings forth a unifying philosophical theme of the dialogue: the problem of the (in)coherence of opposites. This theme is the subject of the major new puzzle that I raise at the end."
April 25, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m., 240/111: Patric Di Dio Di Marco (PhD candidate, German): title TBA
April 27, 2017, 6:15 p.m., 260/216: Vincent Barletta (ILAC and CompLit, Stanford): "Rhythm's Enigma"
May 9, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m., 240/111: Radhika Koul (PhD candidate, French): title TBA
May 23, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m., 240/111: Willie Costello (postdoc, Philosophy): title TBA
May 25, 2017, 6:15 p.m., 260/216: Roger Grant (Music, Wesleyan): "The Musical Origins of Contemporary Affect Theory"