This interdisciplinary group explores and experiments with kinds of theoretical and critical writing beyond the increasingly standardized modes of the journal article and the monograph. What is the relationship between textual form and substantive insight? How can formal innovation in “theoretical” or “philosophical” (rather than “poetic” or “literary”) writing expand the scope of the thinkable and broaden the conceptual resources available for academic research? We meet twice per month. Most sessions will focus on specific texts that carry out such experiments in form, from Friedrich Nietzsche to Maggie Nelson and beyond. Other sessions will allow participants to present their own experiments in form and to receive feedback on such work.
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