Exile, writing, and the ghostification of the self


TKU English literature lecture series 2016 Spring

Speaker: Costica Bradatan
Moderator: Hanping Chiu (邱漢平)
Title: Exile, writing, and the ghostification of the self
Time: 12:10 to 13:40, March 22 (Tuesday)
Place: 淡江大學外語大樓英文系會議室 (FL 204)

This lecture is in three parts. First, I will sketch a phenomenology of uprooting. This is a devastating event because you have to separate yourself overnight from something that, for as long as you can remember, has been an important part of your identity. Yet, as I will show, philosophically there is something redeeming about uprooting: a whole new world is built from scratch. Second, I will look at the re-making of the self that accompanies exile through the lens of a specific experience: the change of language. Finally, I will explore the link between exile and marginality: the exiled writer or artist is in privileged position to subvert the mainstream and produce novelty.
About the speaker:
Costica Bradatan is an Associate Professor of Humanities at Texas Tech University and an Honorary Research Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Queensland, Australia. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Durham University. He is the author or editor (co-editor) of 10 books, most recently Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers (Bloomsbury, 2015), and has written for such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, The New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement, Dissent Magazine, The Boston Review, The Australian and The Globe & Mail. Bradatan serves as the Religion/Comparative Studies Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Category:Faculty training in teaching


2016/03/22 12:00 ~ 2016/03/22 14:00

Registration period:

2016/03/04 08:00 ~ 2016/03/21 12:00


外語大樓 FL 204

Duration:2.0 hours
Registration Limit:30 (Current Registrants:21)
Estimated Number of Attendees:30

Organized by:英文學系
Contact Person:楊虹智