Emily Apter is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at New York University. Recent works include Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability (Verso, 2013) and the co-edited Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon (Princeton UP, 2014).
She is finishing a book on “unexceptional politics” and the art of political fiction.



Falling Up
Reviewing the famous episode in Rousseau’s Rêveries d’un promeneur solitaire when the narrator is hit by a Great Dane, this presentation will discuss the fall as a philosophical event. Rousseau’s accident will be compared to the calculated misstep of Count Mosca in Stendhal’s The Charterhouse of Parma and the suicidal fall in Ibsen’s The Master-Builder. Read by Binswanger as a case of falling up (Verstiegenheit), or climbing above the limits of one’s self, Apter will discuss what it means to be philosophically clumsy in relation to the uses of and misuses of the forensics of bodily projection.

Time: 12:30 am
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / Library Room