The School of Criticism and Theory was founded in 1976 at the University of California, Irvine by a group of leading literary scholars in the conviction that an understanding of theory is fundamental to humanistic studies. Since then, the SCT has provided a forum where the world's top theorists and critics share their vision and expertise with participants. It is currently based at Cornell.
On Feb. 27 and 28, Hopkins will host an SCT colloquium titled "Criticism & Theory" on the Homewood campus. French Department chair Stephen Nichols is SCT director. A schedule follows; for details, call 410-516-7227. All sessions are open to the public.
Friday, Feb. 27
1:45 p.m. Introduction: Stephen Nichols, director, SCT
2:00 p.m. Welcome: Provost Steven Knapp
2:15 p.m. "Psychodynamics of Southern Black Manhood: Booker T. Washington and Mr. Toomer's Cane." Houston Baker, Albert M. Greenfield Professor of English, director of the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania
3:45 p.m. "The Myth of the Early Troubadours." Stephen Nichols, James M. Beall Professor of French and Humanities, chair of the French Department, Johns Hopkins University
5:15 p.m. "More Thoughts on Gender, Politics and History." Joan Scott, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.
Saturday, Feb. 28
9:30 a.m. "History, Psychoanalysis and the Ethical Turn in Criticism." Dominick LaCapra, Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies, director of the Society for the Humanities, associate director of SCT, Cornell University
11 a.m. "Anthropomorphism in Lyric and Law." Barbara Johnson, professor of English and comparative literature, Harvard University
1:45 p.m. "Caillebotte's Impressionism." Michael Fried, Herbert Boone Professor of History of Art and Humanities, Johns Hopkins University
3:15 p.m. "Queers, Lesbians, Women and Other Theoreticians." Catharine Stimpson, dean of the graduate school, New York University
4:45 p.m. "Are There Reasons for Self-Revision?" Stanley Fish, Arts and Sciences Professor of English, professor of law, executive director, Duke University Press, Duke University