Palace of Wisdom

The Palace of Wisdom: Literary Excess on the Road to the Divine

Tuesday, September 20

4:00 PM

Whitney Humanities Center, Rm 208
53 Wall Street
New Haven  Connecticut  06511
United States
Free & open to the public

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.