The Palace of Wisdom: Literary Excess on the Road to the Divine
Tuesday, September 20
Economy, concision, and restraint are often highly valued in the literary world. But what happens when a writer values excess over economy, expansiveness over concision, extravagance over restraint? Professor Kathryn Lofton discusses literary excess, spirituality, and aesthetics with C. E. Morgan.
Kathryn Lofton is Deputy Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History, and Divinity at Yale University. She has previously taught at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Reed College. Lofton is a historian of religion who has written extensively about capitalism, celebrity, sexuality, and the concept of the secular. In her work, she has examined the ways the history of religion collides with, and is constituted by, the history of corporations, popular culture, race, and gender in the United States.
Co-sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center.