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Lecture by Katie Chenoweth (French & Italian, Princeton)

Event Type
Unit for Criticism and Interpretative Theory
wifi event
Sep 28, 2021   5:15 - 6:45 pm  
Originating Calendar
Department of French and Italian (EVENTS)

Title: Deconstruction

Katie Chenoweth is Associate Professor of French at Princeton University, where she specializes in Renaissance studies, media history, and Continental thought (especially deconstruction). Her work attempts to rethink the place of print and other media technologies in the history of language, literature, and philosophy. Her first book, The Prosthetic Tongue: Printing Technology and the Rise of the French Language (U Penn, 2019; recipient of the MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies) mobilizes the work of Jacques Derrida to investigate the technological origins of the modern French language in the sixteenth-century print shop. She is currently completing a second book project, tentatively titled Strange Flowers: Montaigne’s Book of Quotations (under contract with Northwestern UP), which situates the machinery of citation and the materiality of the printed book at the heart of Montaigne’s philosophical project in the Essais. Alongside her research on the sixteenth century, Katie Chenoweth is actively involved with the archives of Jacques Derrida and oversees several projects dedicated to bringing this archival material to the public.

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