Wendy Steiner, the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania - LICA Seminar Series 2009

Date:21 May 2009
Time:4.30 pm

LICA Seminar Series 2009.

Speaker: Wendy Steiner, the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania.

Venue: Lancaster University, IAS, Meeting Room 3.

Title: What Happens to Art when Virtually Everything Is Virtual?

What Happens to Art when Virtually Everything Is Virtual?

For millennia, people thought of the arts as existing apart from the rest of experience in a realm of the "as if," of imitations and "thought experiments" that call for a "suspension of disbelief." But today, daily life is filled with images, spin, simulations, and virtual realities. The arts, in reacting to this state of affairs, are forcing us to rethink some of our most basic aesthetic assumptions, and the model, a figure with one foot in the real and one in the virtual, has become a potent symbol of art.

Wendy Steiner is the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, Founding Director of the Penn Humanities Forum, and past Chair of the Penn English Department. Her fields are 20th-21st-century literature and visual art, contemporary fiction, and ethical issues in the arts. Among her recent books are Literature as Meaning: A Thematic Anthology (2005); Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-Century Art (2001); and The Scandal of Pleasure: Art in an Age of Fundamentalism (one of the New York Times "100 Best Books of 1996"). Steiner's cultural criticism has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, London Independent, London Review of Books, and Times Literary Supplement. She is currently at work on a full-length animated opera, "The Loathly Lady," with composer Paul Richards and artist John Kindness, as well as a travel memoir of Eastern Europe, "Windows in the Pale".

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Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK