SHOWS OF LONDON: SPRING 2014 19th Century Aesthetics Ambiguity and Resistance in William Empson and Paul de Man

Curated by Dr David Russell, King’s College London.


6.15-7.45pm, Monday 2nd June

Room 7.01,  Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NR

Following on from previous discussion on I.A. Richards and his recommendations about modes of apprehending literature and the world, we will consider the question of aesthetic ambiguity and resistance in works by William Empson and Paul de Man.


William Empson, Preface*,Chapter One*, Chapter Seven, and Chapter EightSeven Types of Ambiguity, (1930).

Paul de Man, ‘The Resistance to Theory‘*, Yale French Studies, 63, (1982). (Access via JSTOR)

Reading also available at Wine and snacks will be provided. Please contact with any inquiries. 

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