Of Fleas, Pests, and Termites: Cultural Criticism and its Metaphors of Smallness at Pomona College Humanities Studio
The penultimate lecture in the Pomona College Humanities Studio’s 2018-19 “Fail Better” Speakers Series.
Pomona College - Hahn Hall - Room: 101
420 N. Harvard Avenue
To the cultural critic, failure has always seemed inevitable. There’s a romance to lost causes, to championing the obscure artist or the overshadowed author. But what happens when popular culture no longer orbits a stable center — when there’s no longer a boring monoculture to build your identity against, and our tastes and desires grow fragmented beyond imagination? What does it mean to seek out the lost and forgotten in this moment of historical amnesia? Hua Hsu, a critic at the New Yorker, will sketch out an alternative lineage of culture and criticism that has prized the minuscule, the underground, and the stubborn — as well as his own obsession with a “pest” he found in the archives.
Sponsored by the American Studies program, Georgetown University
"Who is Enjoying the Shadow of Whom" : On Writing, Culture and Identity
China Remixed: A Global Arts and Humanities Festival
Global and International Studies Building