The next meeting for the Literature, Medicine, and Culture Colloquium (LMCC) will take place on Wednesday, April 26 at 5:30pm est. Because the HHIVE Lab is being renovated, the rest of our meetings this semester will be held in the Greenlaw Conference Room (GL 225). (We hope to return to the HHIVE Lab in the fall.) If you can’t attend in person, you can always attend via Zoom at our usual Zoom link: https://unc.zoom.us/j/99228197675. If you have trouble with the Zoom link, please email either of the Co-Directors.
For our April meeting, we’ll continue our March discussion of The Language of Trauma: War and Technology in Hoffman, Freud, and Kafka by John Zilcosky (U of Toronto P, 2021). In March, we discussed the following: Introduction: “Literature, Trauma, and the Sign of Illness” and Chapter 2: “Freud and World War I: The Uncanny Trauma of Contagion”. For more info about our discussion of that content, visit the meeting notes for that discussion.
For April, we’d like to continue this discussion by focusing on Zilcosky’s Chapter 3, “Inexplicable Tears: Trains, Wars, and Kafka’s Aesthetic of Indeterminacy.”
All members of the UNC community can access the full text of the book online through the UNC Libraries. We’ve also posted .pdfs of the book’s front matter (including the TOC) and the third chapter on the “Readings” page of the LMCC website. If you run into trouble getting access to the text, please contact one of the Co-Directors. (See our email addresses on the Home page of this site).
If you have any questions, please contact us directly. Please also feel free to share this info with other graduate or professional students who might be interested! We look forward to meeting with you all for an exciting discussion of this work!
Quick note regarding summer 2023: If you’re interested in meeting during the summer (most likely via Zoom), please reach out to let us know. Otherwise, we look forward to meeting with you all again this August. Thanks again for your continued participation and support! Best wishes to you all!
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Note: The Featured Image for this post comes from Zilcosky, Ch. 3, p. 70, “Steam train 1927,” photo by Germaine Krull.