On Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Anahid Nersessian, Assistant Professor at Columbia University, came to give a talk at NYU entitled “Modern Nature, or, Imagination Revisited.” Her engaging and provocative talk proposed a new formulation of form based on the relationship between ecological disaster and the rise of realism.
While Nersessian provided two intriguing examples in her talk, in her response, Maureen N. McLane, Associate Professor of English at NYU, answered the question of how Nersessian’s formulation might be more widely applied. With examples ranging from the most canonical of Romantic poetry to ancient ballads, McLane illustrated the applicability of Nersessian’s proposed form as an heuristic of adjustment.
Graduate students from NYU, Stony Brook, and other local NYC universities engaged in a discussion with the professors regarding the theoretical and practical implications of Nersessian’s argument for literary study.
Audience mingles post-discussion. Anahid Nersessian and Maureen McLane center background.
NYURRG Organizer Omar F. Miranda moderated the event.