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661. Heroic Idiocy and the Search for a Modernist Ethics

Friday, 8 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Columbia, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Todd Garth, United States Naval Acad.

1. "Henry James and the Value of Stupidity," Matthew Sussman, Harvard Univ.

2. "On Stupidity and the Aesthetic of the Nonlinear Ethic in Robert Musil," Genese E. Grill, Community Coll. of Vermont

3. "The Few, the Proud, the Deluded: Borges's Foolish Heroes," Todd Garth

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  • General Literature – Themes, Myths, and Archetypes

  • Comparative Literature – Twentieth Century

Author Comment
Subject: Musil and Stupidity
You can follow the evolution of my ideas for my talk-in-progress by following my Robert Musil blog:

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