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Caroline Levine / Cornell University

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
January 17, 2018 - 5:30pm

Caroline Levine will lecture Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17. The talk is free and open to the public. Levine is David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of Humanities in the Department of English at Cornell University. She is the Spring 2018 Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School.

Caroline Levine has spent her career asking how and why the humanities and the arts matter, especially in democratic societies. She argues for the understanding of forms and structures as crucial to understanding links between art and society.

Levine is the author of three books, The Serious Pleasures of Suspense: Victorian Realism and Narrative Doubt (2003, winner of the Perkins Prize for the best book in narrative studies), Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts (2007), and Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (2015, named one of Flavorwire’s “10 Must-Read Academic Books of 2015”), for which she received the 47th annual James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association. She is currently the nineteenth-century editor for the Norton Anthology of World Literature and has written on topics ranging from formalist theory to Victorian poetry and from television serials to academic freedom.

Levine taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before coming to Cornell, where she was co-founder of the Mellon World Literatures Workshop. She is a native of Syracuse, NY.