Keynote Speaker

Martin Hägglund

Martin Hägglund is a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Distinguished International Fellow of the London Graduate School.


He is the author of Dying for Time: Proust, Woolf, Nabokov (forthcoming, Harvard University Press 2012), Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life (Stanford University Press 2008), and Kronofobi: Essäer om tid och ändlighet (Östlings Bokförlag Symposion 2002).


His work has been the subject of a conference at Cornell University, “The Challenge of Radical Atheism: Critical Responses,” a colloquium at Oxford University, and of a special issue of CR: The New Centennial Review, “Living On: Of Martin Hägglund.”


In his talk, “Dying for Time: T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets,” Dr. Hägglund will present the philosophical framework of his forthcoming book Dying for Time, and pursue its implications through a reading of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. He will explore the contrast between Eliot’s overt philosophical commitment to the redemption of eternal presence and his staging of the temporality of poetic writing. The religious schema that is the explicit framework for the Four Quartets is ultimately incompatible, he argues, with the sense of temporal finitude that generates the aesthetic and affective power of Eliot’s poetry.


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