Principles of Uncertainty
An Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical Theory
CUNY Graduate Center
Comparative Literature Department
May 4th, 2012
Critical Theory is frequently utilized as a means of explicating a given text. However, the employment of Critical Theory rarely leads the reader to a complete understanding of a text, but instead often serves to illuminate the inherent uncertainty of a work. A text is filled with discrepancies, inconsistencies, and omissions that no reader or theoretical model can completely unravel because uncertainty will always pervade the work. This inherent uncertainty provides the springboard for the interpretative frameworks provided by Critical Theory, but because Critical Theory yields multiple interpretations, the end result is more uncertainty. Uncertainty is therefore both the beginning and the end of Critical Theory. This conference seeks to examine the symbiotic relationship that exists between Critical Theory and uncertainty, as each exploits and perpetuates the other indefinitely.
Jeffrey Chih-Yu Twu
This conference is co-sponsored by:
The Writer’s Institute at the City University of New York Graduate Center: an un-MFA program devoted to bringing together the country’s most talented writers and today’s most celebrated editors.
The Doctoral Students’ Council: the sole policymaking body representing students in doctoral and master’s programs at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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