Toril Moi – A New Genealogy of Modernism: Idealism/Realism/Symbolism

4 March 2009 – (HARC) – In this lecture, which is based on her most recent work in progress, Professor Toril Moi will try to work out a theoretical framework for thinking about historical change in literature based on Wittgenstein and Kuhn. She will ask whether the opposition between modernism and realism is a generalization of the opposition between symbolism and naturalism in France in the 1880s and the 1890s. And why is symbolism often considered the beginning of modernism, when so much of it appears to be completely consonant with idealism?