High Fidelity: Jean Starobinski’s Critical Hermeneutics
Friday, February 17, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Center for French Civilization and Culture of NYU and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
These readings have been accompanied by an uninterrupted self-reflexive meditation on what Starobinski calls the «critical relation». It culminates in L’Œil vivant and La Relation critique where he develops a literary hermeneutics attentive to stylistic bends close to H.-G. Gadamer’s and P. Szondi’s. Having first studied (medicine and literature) and then taught (history of medicine and literature) at the Université de Genève, he became one of the major figures of what came to be known as the Geneva School.
The recent publication of La Beauté du monde (Gallimard, 2016), a collection of his essays edited by Martin Rueff with the collaboration of Laurent Jenny and Julien Zanetta, reflects the richness and the variety of his work. Starobinski’s “high fidelity” calls to mind both his respect for the texts and the steadiness of his commitments: exemplary and inspiring in the clarity and coherence of his analysis of the works, writers, and themes that are dear to him and to us.
Organized by Denis Hollier (NYU) and Julien Zanetta (FNS)
1:00 p.m. Denis Hollier (NYU) – Ouverture
1:20 p.m. Philippe Roger (CNRS / EHESS) – “La Réaction critique“
2:00 p.m. Laurent Jenny (Université de Genève) – “Une Herméneutique du visible”
2:40 p.m. Lucien Nouis (NYU) – “Herméneutique et transparence”
Part II Richard Sieburth, moderator
3:40 p.m. Joanna Stalnaker (Columbia) – “Les Bouquets de Jean Starobinski”
4:20 p.m. Anthony Vidler (Cooper Union) – “Starobinski’s Architecture: Environment and Symbol from Rousseau to the Revolution”
5:10 p.m. Julien Zanetta (FNS) – “Teste pseudonyme: Starobinski lecteur de Valéry”
5:50 p.m. Martin Rueff (Université de Genève) – “L'herméneutique littéraire de Jean Starobinski: une pratique théorique”
All lectures in French except for the 2:40 p.m. session, which will be in English.
Books available for sale.
Note: This schedule was updated on February 10.