Hooked: Art and Attachment

Free Public Lecture

Hooked: Art and Attachment

FBE Theatre 3 (205)
Business and Economics
111 Barry Street


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Professor Felski's lecture makes a case for attachment as a key word for the humanities. How does a novel entice or enlist us, how does a song surprise or seduce us? To be attached is to be affected or moved, and also to be linked or tied. It includes passion and compassion, but also political, ethical, intellectual or other bonds.

With a brief look at two common attachment devices, Professor Felski will argue that the various kinds of identification have not been given their due in criticism. Meanwhile, attunement refers to aesthetic affinities – 'getting' or 'not getting' a work of art – that can be hard to articulate or pin down.

Professor Felski will conclude by elaborating on the relevance of attachment for academic interpretation and for the classroom.


  • Professor Rita Felski
    Professor Rita Felski, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at the University of Virginia and Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Southern Denmark