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“Immersion”, A Lecture by Dr. Warren Motte

Date: 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT September 22, 2017 Location: Miller Hall, Room 102

Miller Hall, Room 102

“What happens to us when we immerse ourselves in the fictions we read, suspending our
normal manners of being? I am interested in the way that fiction recognizes that immersive
potential, and comments upon it. In my talk, I shall visit a few passages of that sort from
writers such as Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Don DeLillo, Lewis Carroll, Christine Montalbetti,
Tanguy Viel, Michael Innes, Hélène Lenoir, and Pierre Bayard. I shall argue for a theory of
reading founded in pragmatics, one that recognizes that we may immerse ourselves as
deeply as we wish in the fictions we read, while never abdicating our critical

Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Dr. Warren Motte specializes in contemporary writing, with particular focus upon experimentalist works that put accepted notions of literary form into question. In 2015, he was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government. In 2016, he was named College Professor of Distinction by the University of Colorado, a title “reserved for scholars and artists of national and international distinction who are also recognized by their College peers as teachers and colleagues
of exceptional talent.”
Co-sponsored with the Department of World Languages and Literatures

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