Falling Bodies: Baghdad, Dresden, New York

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
IMU South Room


Wai Chee Dimock, William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University, will visit the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor from Oct. 22nd through Oct. 24th. She will deliver three lectures and participate in one lunchtime discussion of her work. 

Professor Dimock is one of the foremost Americanists and world literature specialists of her generation. Her research topics include the American Renaissance, religion and literature, transnational methodologies, literary criticism, and theories of translation.  She has published three acclaimed monographs: Empire for Liberty: Melville and the Poetics of Individualism (Princeton UP, 1989), Residues of Justice: Literature, Law, Philosophy (University of California Press, 1996), and Through Other Continents: American Literature across Deep Time (Princeton UP, 2006). She also has co-edited two volumes: Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature (Princeton UP, 2007) and Literature and Science: Cultural Forms, Conceptual Exchanges (Duke UP, 2002).  She has published upwards of thirty articles in such venues as Critical InquiryPMLAboundary 2 and American Literary History. Professor Dimock is at work on two critical books, "Recycling" and "Many Islams" and a print-and-web anthology, "American Literature in the world" (http://www.amlitintheworld.org). 

Other lectures during her visit:

October 23, 2013 - 4:00pm, Gerber Lounge, 304 EPB, "Who's Irish?  Henry james, Coim Toibin, Gish Jen"

October 24, 2013 - 4:00pm, Gerber Lounge, 304 EPB, "Recycling the Epic:  Gilgamesh on the Three Continents"