This year's Vincent A. De Luca lecture, which was to be presented by Prof. Thomas Pfau (Duke) on Thursday, March 26th, has now been cancelled. (updated March 9, 2020)
Thomas Pfau will give the department's annual Vincent A. De Luca Lecture on "The Paradox of Realism in Ruskin's Modern Painters I" on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 4:15 p.m. in JHB 616.
THOMAS PFAU (PhD 1989, SUNY Buffalo) is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English, with secondary appointments in Germanic Language & Literatures and the Divinity School at Duke University. He has published some fifty essays and articles on literary and philosophical subjects ranging from the 18th through the early 20th century, translations of Hölderlin and Schelling (SUNY Press, 1987 and 1994). Having edited seven essay collections and special journal issues, he is also the author of three monographs: Wordsworth's Profession (Stanford UP, 1997), Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, Melancholy, 1790-1840 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005), and Minding the Modern: Intellectual Traditions, Human Agency, and Responsible Knowledge (Notre Dame UP, 2013). Envisioned as a complement to that monograph, his current book project explores the role of visuality, images, and non-propositional modes of knowing in literature and theology from Plato to T. S. Eliot. For more information, please visit: https://duke.academia.edu/ThomasPfau.
Vincent A. De Luca (1940-1993)
Vincent A. De Luca received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He taught for six years at Cornell University before joining the faculty at the University of Toronto. In addition to writing articles on Romantic-period literature, Professor De Luca authored two books: Thomas De Quincey: The Prose of Vision (Toronto, 1980) and Words of Eternity: Blake and the Poetics of the Sublime (Princeton, 1991). Of the latter, Robert N. Essick observed, “Words of Eternity is one of the dozen or so most important books ever written about Blake’s poetry. De Luca provides a wealth of new insights on every page.”
The Vincent A. De Luca Lecture in Nineteenth-Century Studies is an endowed lecture series at the University of Toronto. Held in honour of our late colleague, the lecture is given by an esteemed scholar, recognized for his or her work in the field of early nineteenth-century literature and culture. Lectures take place yearly during the winter term and attendance is open to faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars.
Professor Devoney, Looser, Arizona State University
Professor Jon Mee, University of York
Professor Andrew Elfenbein, University of Minnesota
Professor Ian Duncan, UC Berkeley
Professor Denise Gigante, Stanford University
Professor Judith Pascoe, University of Iowa
Professor Adela Pinch, University of Michigan
Professor Meredith McGill, Rutgers University
Professor Ina Ferris, University of Ottawa
Professor Seamus Perry, University of Oxford
Professor James K. Chandler, University of Chicago
Professor Timothy Morton, University of California
Professor Deidre Lynch, Indiana University
Professor Houston A. Baker Jr., Duke University
Professor Saree Makdisi, University of California
Professor Isobel Armstrong, University of London
Professor Peter J. Manning, State University of New York
Professor Theresa Kelley, University of Wisconsin
Professor Susan Wolfson, Princeton University
Professor Lawrence Buell, Harvard University
Professor John Hollander, Yale University
Professor Herbert Tucker, University of Virginia
Professor Stuart Curran, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Robert Essick, University of California/Riverside
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