Please join the Center for the Study of the Novel in welcoming Caroline Levine to campus for the annual Ian Watt Lecture. Her upcoming talk is titled “Studying the Novel in Climate Crisis: A Tale of Three Pipelines,” which will be held on February 20 in the Terrace Room.
Caroline Levine is the David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of the Humanities at Cornell University. She has written four books, the most recent of which is titled The Activist Humanist: Form and Method in the Climate Crisis. It grows out of the theoretical work in her earlier book Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network, which won the James Russell Lowell Prize from the MLA and was named one of Flavorwire’s “10 Must-Read Academic Books of 2015.” She is currently the nineteenth-century editor for the Norton Anthology of World Literature and spends much of her free time engaged in climate activism, including the drive to divest the Cornell endowment (successful in 2020).
Throughout its history, the Center for the Study of the Novel has promoted conversation on the practice and interpretation of the novel form across history and cultures. The CSN is committed to studying literature as a primary form of human expression and as an object of interdisciplinary analysis. These combined perspectives demonstrate just how much literature, and the novel in particular, may tell us.
The CSN is therefore also committed to studying the practice of literary criticism and theory, and its history of illuminating the novel in relation to society and culture.