‘Reading and Interpretation’ is a University of York group for staff and postgraduate students interested in how and why we read literature. Discussions will explore questions such as: What are the pleasures of reading, and do they differ from the pleasures of interpretation? Is there ever a responsibility not to interpret? And what are the conditions, restrictions, and dangers of interpretation?
Each meeting will focus on a short piece by a theorist or philosopher who has changed the way we read and interpret literature. Faculty members are invited to introduce and chair the discussion.
The group emerged from a common interest in how we read after Freud, exploring ideas of the unconscious, surface and depth, and meaning in literature. This year we are expanding the scope to consider a broader array of literary theorists and philosophers who have challenged our theories and praxes of interpretation.
Seminars are hosted in the Berrick Saul Building (BS/007) on the Heslington West Campus of the University of York and begin at 6:30pm, unless stated otherwise. Interested staff and postgraduate students from any university are welcome to attend.