Professor David Faflik, "Strong Reading: Culture, Class and the Work of Urban Form"
Cosponsored by the URI Center for the Humanities and the Department of English
For many observers of American life, George Templeton Strong is best known as a nineteenth-century New York lawyer, bibliophile, and celebrated diarist. He was also a representative reader, one who epitomized in his relations with his surroundings an interpretive way of being in the urban world. G. T. Strong “read” the city life of his native Manhattan with the same close attention to formal effect and surface detail that he reserved for his favorite literary texts.
The cultural consequences of Strong’s interpretive practice - indicative of a whole mode of reading that carries his name - remain with us to this day, and invite inquiry into the origins of a pastime that, for some, made the modern city seem little more than a work of “art.”
Professor Faflik is the author of Boarding Out: Inhabiting the American Urban Literary Imagination, 1840-1860 (Northwestern University Press, 2012).
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Swan Hall, The Hoffmann Room, Swan 154
60 Upper College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
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