Can We Unlearn Liberal Individualism? Gary Hall in conversation about his new book A Stubborn Fury: How Writing Works in Elitist Britain
The discussion will be followed by an open Q&A, where Gary and Carolina will invite questions from the audience online.
About the book
In A Stubborn Fury, Gary Hall offers a powerful and provocative look at the consequences of inequality for English culture in particular. Focusing on the literary novel and the memoir, he investigates, in terms that are as insightful as they are irreverent, why so much writing in England is uncritically realist, humanist and anti-intellectual. Hall does so by playfully rewriting two of the most acclaimed contributions to these media genres of recent times. One is that of England’s foremost avant-garde novelist Tom McCarthy, and the importance he attaches to European modernism and antihumanist theory. The other is that of the celebrated French memoirists Didier Eribon and Édouard Louis, and their attempt to reinvent the antihumanist philosophical tradition by producing a theory that speaks about class and intersectionality, yet generates the excitement of a Kendrick Lamar concert.
- Gary Hall - Author
Gary Hall is a critical theorist and media philosopher working in the areas of digital culture, politics and technology. He is Professor of Media in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Coventry University, UK, where he directs the Centre for Postdigital Cultures. He is the author of a number of books, including Pirate Philosophy (MIT Press, 2016) and The Uberfication of the University (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
- Carolina Rito
Carolina Rito is Professor of Creative Practice Research, at the Research Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities (CAMC), at Coventry University; and leads on the centre’s Critical Practices research strand. She is a researcher and curator whose work explores ‘the curatorial’ as an investigative practice, expanding practice-based research in the fields of curating, visual arts, visual cultures and cultural studies. Rito is Executive Board Member of the Midlands Higher Education & Culture Forum; Research Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa; Founding Editor of The Contemporary Journal; and Chair for the Collaborative Research Working Group for the MHECF. Rito is the co-editor of Institution as Praxis – New Curatorial Directions for Collaborative Research (Sternberg, 2020), Architectures of Education (e-flux Architecture, 2020), and FABRICATING PUBLICS: the dissemination of culture in the post-truth era (Open Humanities Press, forthcoming).
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