Jonathan Culler is the Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. He is also a former President of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is one of the most prominent voices in critical theory and has written extensively on French literature and literary theory,. His publications include Barthes: A Very Short Introduction, Flaubert: The Uses of Uncertainty, Structuralist Poetics, Roland Barthes, Ferdinand de Saussure, On Deconstruction, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, and The Literary in Theory.
His Keynote Talk, “Late Barthes,” will examine how the work of the late Barthes (especially the Barthes of the courses at the Collège de France) relates to the early works that made him famous, such as Le degré zero de l’écriture, Mythologies, Essais critiques, and S/Z.”
Rosalind E. Krauss
Rosalind E. Krauss is a Professor of Art History at Columbia University. She is also co-founder of the academic journal October. She has written extensively on modernist art, photography, the avant-garde, and concepts such as “formlessness,” “the optical unconscious,” and “pastiche.” Her publications include The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths, The Optical Unconscious, and Under Blue Cup. She also translated, along with Denis Hollier, Roland Barthes’ The Neutral: Lecture Course at the Collège de France.
Her Keynote Talk, “Roland Barthes in biographeme,” will discuss what, in Sade, Fourrier, Loyola, Barthes speaks of as a writer’s unique style, which he also names the writer’s charms. She will be tracing Barthes’ consistent treatment of the Obtuse Meaning and the “nothing to say” of signifiance.
Diana Knight is a Professor of French at the University of Nottingham. She has written extensively on Roland Barthes, as well as 19th century French fiction. Her publications include the monograph Barthes and Utopia: Space, Travel, Writing, “Structuralism Utopian and Scientific,” “S/Z, Realism and Compulsory Heterosexuality,” ‘Barthes and Orientalism,” and “Roland Barthes in Harmony.” She has also edited the volume Critical Essays on Roland Barthes.
D.A. Miller is the John F. Hotchkis Chair in English at the University of California at Berkeley. He has written extensively on nineteenth-century fiction, film, and gay and cultural studies. His publications include Bringing out Roland Barthes, The Novel and the Police, 8½, and Narrative and its Discontents: Problems of Closure in the Traditional Novel.
Lucy O’Meara is a Lecturer in the French department at the University of Kent. She has written extensively on literary theory, including post-war French theory. Her publications include Roland Barthes at the Collège de France, “‘Not a Question but a Wound:’ Adorno, Barthes and Aesthetic Reflection,” “Atonality and Tonality: Reading Roland Barthes’s Lectures at the Collège de France Through Musical Analogy,” and “‘L’Affaire Barthes’ and Ownership of the Voice.”
The Keynote Roundtable will feature D.A. Miller in conversation with Diana Knight and Lucy O’Meara. Titled “New Lives, Old Barthes,” their panel will explore whether “late Barthes” (College de France lectures and other very late material like the diaries and the Vita Nova plans) is really a break with all Barthes’s earlier work.