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READING GROUP: Agamben on “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

3 Jun

This Spring the PCPN reading group is crossing the Atlantic to our own continent, to discuss the Transcendentalists and the “American Renaissance” in literature—and their interpretation and appropriation in Continental thought. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

LOGIN INFORMATION:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89628577809?pwd=QitLYmdKMXRwbWc2UnhCcWhOdVRCdz09

Meeting ID: 896 2857 7809
Passcode: PCPNreadin

OTHER PITTSBURGH EVENTS:

  • Anti-Capitalist Classics 2021, presented by the PGH DSA Political Education Committee: Register at: bit.ly/anticapitalist

SCHEDULE:

  • TRANSCENDENTALIST PHILOSOPHY
    • 02/23 – Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 03/02 – Cavell, Stanley. “Aversive Thinking: Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche”
    • 03/09 – Thoreau, Henry David. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Solitude” in Walden 
    • 03/16 – Arsić, Branka. “Introduction: On Embodied Knowledge and the Deliberation of the Crow,” “Toward Things as They Are,” “Thinking with Geological Velocity,” “How to Greet a Tree?,” and “Contemplating Matter” in Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
  • POLITICS
    • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
    • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”
    • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
  • POETRY AND LITERATURE
    • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”
    • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”
    • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 
    • 05/11 – Snediker, Michael. “Emily Dickinson’s Queer Pain: ‘One Claw Opon the Air’” in Queer Optimism
    • 05/18 – Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass
    • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical
    • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
    • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

READING GROUP: Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

28 May

This Spring the PCPN reading group is crossing the Atlantic to our own continent, to discuss the Transcendentalists and the “American Renaissance” in literature—and their interpretation and appropriation in Continental thought. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

LOGIN INFORMATION:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89628577809?pwd=QitLYmdKMXRwbWc2UnhCcWhOdVRCdz09

Meeting ID: 896 2857 7809
Passcode: PCPNreadin

OTHER PITTSBURGH EVENTS:

  • Anti-Capitalist Classics 2021, presented by the PGH DSA Political Education Committee: Register at: bit.ly/anticapitalist

SCHEDULE:

  • TRANSCENDENTALIST PHILOSOPHY
    • 02/23 – Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 03/02 – Cavell, Stanley. “Aversive Thinking: Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche”
    • 03/09 – Thoreau, Henry David. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Solitude” in Walden 
    • 03/16 – Arsić, Branka. “Introduction: On Embodied Knowledge and the Deliberation of the Crow,” “Toward Things as They Are,” “Thinking with Geological Velocity,” “How to Greet a Tree?,” and “Contemplating Matter” in Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
  • POLITICS
    • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
    • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”
    • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
  • POETRY AND LITERATURE
    • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”
    • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”
    • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 
    • 05/11 – Snediker, Michael. “Emily Dickinson’s Queer Pain: ‘One Claw Opon the Air’” in Queer Optimism
    • 05/18 – Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass
    • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical
    • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
    • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

READING GROUP: Deleuze on Whitman

6 May

This Spring the PCPN reading group is crossing the Atlantic to our own continent, to discuss the Transcendentalists and the “American Renaissance” in literature—and their interpretation and appropriation in Continental thought. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

LOGIN INFORMATION:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89628577809?pwd=QitLYmdKMXRwbWc2UnhCcWhOdVRCdz09

Meeting ID: 896 2857 7809
Passcode: PCPNreadin

OTHER PITTSBURGH EVENTS:

  • Anti-Capitalist Classics 2021, presented by the PGH DSA Political Education Committee: Register at: bit.ly/anticapitalist

SCHEDULE:

  • TRANSCENDENTALIST PHILOSOPHY
    • 02/23 – Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 03/02 – Cavell, Stanley. “Aversive Thinking: Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche”
    • 03/09 – Thoreau, Henry David. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Solitude” in Walden 
    • 03/16 – Arsić, Branka. “Introduction: On Embodied Knowledge and the Deliberation of the Crow,” “Toward Things as They Are,” “Thinking with Geological Velocity,” “How to Greet a Tree?,” and “Contemplating Matter” in Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
  • POLITICS
    • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
    • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”
    • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
  • POETRY AND LITERATURE
    • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”
    • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”
    • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 
    • 05/11 – Snediker, Michael. “Emily Dickinson’s Queer Pain: ‘One Claw Opon the Air’” in Queer Optimism
    • 05/18 – Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass
    • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical
    • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
    • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

READING GROUP: Emily Dickinson on Love and Pain

29 Apr

This Spring the PCPN reading group is crossing the Atlantic to our own continent, to discuss the Transcendentalists and the “American Renaissance” in literature—and their interpretation and appropriation in Continental thought. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

LOGIN INFORMATION:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89628577809?pwd=QitLYmdKMXRwbWc2UnhCcWhOdVRCdz09

Meeting ID: 896 2857 7809
Passcode: PCPNreadin

OTHER PITTSBURGH EVENTS:

  • Anti-Capitalist Classics 2021, presented by the PGH DSA Political Education Committee: Register at: bit.ly/anticapitalist

SCHEDULE:

  • TRANSCENDENTALIST PHILOSOPHY
    • 02/23 – Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 03/02 – Cavell, Stanley. “Aversive Thinking: Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche”
    • 03/09 – Thoreau, Henry David. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Solitude” in Walden 
    • 03/16 – Arsić, Branka. “Introduction: On Embodied Knowledge and the Deliberation of the Crow,” “Toward Things as They Are,” “Thinking with Geological Velocity,” “How to Greet a Tree?,” and “Contemplating Matter” in Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
  • POLITICS
    • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
    • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”
    • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
  • POETRY AND LITERATURE
    • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”
    • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”
    • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 
    • 05/11 – Snediker, Michael. “Emily Dickinson’s Queer Pain: ‘One Claw Opon the Air’” in Queer Optimism
    • 05/18 – Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass
    • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical
    • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
    • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

READING GROUP: Lacan on “The Purloined Letter”

23 Apr

This Spring the PCPN reading group is crossing the Atlantic to our own continent, to discuss the Transcendentalists and the “American Renaissance” in literature—and their interpretation and appropriation in Continental thought. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

LOGIN INFORMATION:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89628577809?pwd=QitLYmdKMXRwbWc2UnhCcWhOdVRCdz09

Meeting ID: 896 2857 7809
Passcode: PCPNreadin

OTHER PITTSBURGH EVENTS:

  • Anti-Capitalist Classics 2021, presented by the PGH DSA Political Education Committee: Register at: bit.ly/anticapitalist

SCHEDULE:

  • TRANSCENDENTALIST PHILOSOPHY
    • 02/23 – Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 03/02 – Cavell, Stanley. “Aversive Thinking: Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche”
    • 03/09 – Thoreau, Henry David. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Solitude” in Walden 
    • 03/16 – Arsić, Branka. “Introduction: On Embodied Knowledge and the Deliberation of the Crow,” “Toward Things as They Are,” “Thinking with Geological Velocity,” “How to Greet a Tree?,” and “Contemplating Matter” in Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
  • POLITICS
    • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
    • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”
    • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
  • POETRY AND LITERATURE
    • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”
    • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”
    • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 
    • 05/11 – Snediker, Michael. “Emily Dickinson’s Queer Pain: ‘One Claw Opon the Air’” in Queer Optimism
    • 05/18 – Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass
    • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical
    • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
    • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

READING GROUP: Poe’s “The Purloined Letter”

15 Apr

This Spring the PCPN reading group is crossing the Atlantic to our own continent, to discuss the Transcendentalists and the “American Renaissance” in literature—and their interpretation and appropriation in Continental thought. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

LOGIN INFORMATION:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89628577809?pwd=QitLYmdKMXRwbWc2UnhCcWhOdVRCdz09

Meeting ID: 896 2857 7809
Passcode: PCPNreadin

OTHER PITTSBURGH EVENTS:

  • Anti-Capitalist Classics 2021, presented by the PGH DSA Political Education Committee: Register at: bit.ly/anticapitalist

SCHEDULE:

  • TRANSCENDENTALIST PHILOSOPHY
    • 02/23 – Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 03/02 – Cavell, Stanley. “Aversive Thinking: Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche”
    • 03/09 – Thoreau, Henry David. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Solitude” in Walden 
    • 03/16 – Arsić, Branka. “Introduction: On Embodied Knowledge and the Deliberation of the Crow,” “Toward Things as They Are,” “Thinking with Geological Velocity,” “How to Greet a Tree?,” and “Contemplating Matter” in Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
  • POLITICS
    • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
    • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”
    • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
  • POETRY AND LITERATURE
    • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”
    • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”
    • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 
    • 05/11 – Snediker, Michael. “Emily Dickinson’s Queer Pain: ‘One Claw Opon the Air’” in Queer Optimism
    • 05/18 – Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass
    • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical
    • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
    • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

READING GROUP: Smith on John Brown and the “Higher Law”

9 Apr

This Spring the PCPN reading group is crossing the Atlantic to our own continent, to discuss the Transcendentalists and the “American Renaissance” in literature—and their interpretation and appropriation in Continental thought. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

LOGIN INFORMATION:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89628577809?pwd=QitLYmdKMXRwbWc2UnhCcWhOdVRCdz09

Meeting ID: 896 2857 7809
Passcode: PCPNreadin

OTHER PITTSBURGH EVENTS:

  • Anti-Capitalist Classics 2021, presented by the PGH DSA Political Education Committee: Register at: bit.ly/anticapitalist

SCHEDULE:

  • TRANSCENDENTALIST PHILOSOPHY
    • 02/23 – Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 03/02 – Cavell, Stanley. “Aversive Thinking: Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche”
    • 03/09 – Thoreau, Henry David. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Solitude” in Walden 
    • 03/16 – Arsić, Branka. “Introduction: On Embodied Knowledge and the Deliberation of the Crow,” “Toward Things as They Are,” “Thinking with Geological Velocity,” “How to Greet a Tree?,” and “Contemplating Matter” in Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
  • POLITICS
    • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
    • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”
    • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
  • POETRY AND LITERATURE
    • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”
    • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”
    • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 
    • 05/11 – Snediker, Michael. “Emily Dickinson’s Queer Pain: ‘One Claw Opon the Air’” in Queer Optimism
    • 05/18 – Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass
    • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical
    • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
    • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

READING GROUP: Thoreau, Melville, and Alcott on John Brown

2 Apr

This Spring the PCPN reading group is crossing the Atlantic to our own continent, to discuss the Transcendentalists and the “American Renaissance” in literature—and their interpretation and appropriation in Continental thought. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

LOGIN INFORMATION:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89628577809?pwd=QitLYmdKMXRwbWc2UnhCcWhOdVRCdz09

Meeting ID: 896 2857 7809
Passcode: PCPNreadin

OTHER PITTSBURGH EVENTS:

  • Anti-Capitalist Classics 2021, presented by the PGH DSA Political Education Committee: Register at: bit.ly/anticapitalist

SCHEDULE:

  • TRANSCENDENTALIST PHILOSOPHY
    • 02/23 – Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 03/02 – Cavell, Stanley. “Aversive Thinking: Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche”
    • 03/09 – Thoreau, Henry David. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Solitude” in Walden 
    • 03/16 – Arsić, Branka. “Introduction: On Embodied Knowledge and the Deliberation of the Crow,” “Toward Things as They Are,” “Thinking with Geological Velocity,” “How to Greet a Tree?,” and “Contemplating Matter” in Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
  • POLITICS
    • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
    • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”
    • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
  • POETRY AND LITERATURE
    • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”
    • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”
    • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 
    • 05/11 – Snediker, Michael. “Emily Dickinson’s Queer Pain: ‘One Claw Opon the Air’” in Queer Optimism
    • 05/18 – Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass
    • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical
    • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
    • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

READING GROUP: Nielson on Douglass and Power

26 Mar

This Spring the PCPN reading group is crossing the Atlantic to our own continent, to discuss the Transcendentalists and the “American Renaissance” in literature—and their interpretation and appropriation in Continental thought. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

LOGIN INFORMATION:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89628577809?pwd=QitLYmdKMXRwbWc2UnhCcWhOdVRCdz09

Meeting ID: 896 2857 7809
Passcode: PCPNreadin

OTHER PITTSBURGH EVENTS:

  • Anti-Capitalist Classics 2021, presented by the PGH DSA Political Education Committee: Register at: bit.ly/anticapitalist

SCHEDULE:

  • TRANSCENDENTALIST PHILOSOPHY
    • 02/23 – Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 03/02 – Cavell, Stanley. “Aversive Thinking: Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche”
    • 03/09 – Thoreau, Henry David. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Solitude” in Walden 
    • 03/16 – Arsić, Branka. “Introduction: On Embodied Knowledge and the Deliberation of the Crow,” “Toward Things as They Are,” “Thinking with Geological Velocity,” “How to Greet a Tree?,” and “Contemplating Matter” in Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
  • POLITICS
    • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
    • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”
    • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
  • POETRY AND LITERATURE
    • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”
    • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”
    • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 
    • 05/11 – Snediker, Michael. “Emily Dickinson’s Queer Pain: ‘One Claw Opon the Air’” in Queer Optimism
    • 05/18 – Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass
    • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical
    • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
    • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

READING GROUP: Douglass on Freedom

19 Mar

This Spring the PCPN reading group is crossing the Atlantic to our own continent, to discuss the Transcendentalists and the “American Renaissance” in literature—and their interpretation and appropriation in Continental thought. Don’t miss our meetings most Tuesday evenings (8:00-10:00pm) on the INTERNET! (login information below in red).

This week:

  • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Please bring either a digital or hard copy of the text with you to the discussion.

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Online

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

LOGIN INFORMATION:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89628577809?pwd=QitLYmdKMXRwbWc2UnhCcWhOdVRCdz09

Meeting ID: 896 2857 7809
Passcode: PCPNreadin

OTHER PITTSBURGH EVENTS:

  • Anti-Capitalist Classics 2021, presented by the PGH DSA Political Education Committee: Register at: bit.ly/anticapitalist

SCHEDULE:

  • TRANSCENDENTALIST PHILOSOPHY
    • 02/23 – Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 03/02 – Cavell, Stanley. “Aversive Thinking: Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche”
    • 03/09 – Thoreau, Henry David. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” and “Solitude” in Walden 
    • 03/16 – Arsić, Branka. “Introduction: On Embodied Knowledge and the Deliberation of the Crow,” “Toward Things as They Are,” “Thinking with Geological Velocity,” “How to Greet a Tree?,” and “Contemplating Matter” in Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
  • POLITICS
    • 03/23 – Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
    • 03/30 – Nielson, Cynthia. “Resistance is Not Futile: Frederick Douglass on Power Relations and Resistance ‘From Below’”
    • 04/06 – Melville, Herman. “The Portent”; Alcott, Louisa May. “With a Rose, That Bloomed on the Day of John Brown’s Martyrdom”; and Thoreau, Henry David. “A Plea for John Brown” in Transcendentalism a Reader
    • 04/13 – Smith, Ted A. “The Higher Law” in Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics
  • POETRY AND LITERATURE
    • 04/20 – Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Purloined Letter”
    • 04/27 – Lacan, Jacques. “Seminar on the Purloined Letter”
    • 05/04 – Dickinson, Emily.  The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem # 67, 156, 185, 249, 254, 288, 326, 344, 435, 465, 650, 712, 772, 919, 926, 967, 1049, 1129, 1401 
    • 05/11 – Snediker, Michael. “Emily Dickinson’s Queer Pain: ‘One Claw Opon the Air’” in Queer Optimism
    • 05/18 – Whitman, Walt. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass
    • 05/25 – Deleuze, Gilles.  “Whitman” in Essays: Critical and Clinical
    • 06/01 – Melville, Herman. “Bartleby, the Scrivener”
    • 06/08 – Agamben, Giorgio. “Bartleby, or on Contingency” in Potentialities

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE