Theory Reading Group - Agamben on Method - "Theory of Signatures"

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:30pm

The GSLL Theory Group will meet three times this semester to discuss the work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. Well known throughout the humanities for his 1995 book on power and bare life entitled Homo sacer, the reading group will instead engage Agamben’s more recent essays on literary method. The meetings and readings are as follows:

September 25: “Theory of Signatures” (from: The Signature of All Things [2009])
October 30: “The Fire and the Tale,” “Mysterium Burocraticum,” & “Parable and Kingdom” (from: The Fire and the Tale [2017])

November 27: “On the Difficulty of Reading,” “From the Book to the Screen,” & “Opus Alchymicum” (from: The Fire and the Tale [2017])

Accss to the readings is available online (password = Agamben) via Hightail.

The GSLL Theory Reading Group is an informal, relaxed setting for reading and discussing theoretical texts of utility for the study of literature, film, and culture. Participation in the Reading Group is open to any and all graduate students and faculty; previous participation is not required to attend. Questions about the Reading Group can be directed to Professors Gabriel Trop (, Aleksandra Prica ( or myself (

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Event Location: 
UNC-Dey Hall - 413