Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:
You are invited to attend the first Bivens Occasional Lecture on the Scholarship of Books and Reading. Professor Thomas McLaughlin will deliver the lecture at 5:30pm on Friday, April 29, in Room 114 of the Belk Library and Information Commons. McLaughlin specializes in literary criticism and theory and cultural studies. His lecture, entitled “Reading and the Body: The Physical Practice of Reading,” will be based on his recently published book. Here is a brief description of the lecture:
We tend to think of reading as an act of the disembodied mind, but in fact reading requires skillful use of the eyes and the hands, as well as postures and habits that support their work. The reading body operates within powerful cultural disciplines, but it is also capable of highly idiosyncratic improvisations. “Reading and the Body” examines these physical skills and habits and disciplines, in an effort to understand the contribution of the body to the process of reading, especially in an era in which the material process of reading is changing as our culture moves from the book to the screen.
McLaughlin is also the author of the following books:
- Give and Go: Basketball as a Cultural Practice. SUNY Press, 2008.
- Street Smarts and Critical Theory. University of Wisconsin Press, 1996.
- Critical Terms for Literary Study. 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press, 1995.
We look forward to seeing you there!