Literary Sediments Lecture Series presented by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Tanvi Solanki is the recipient of the Stanford H. Taylor Postdoctoral fellowship in the College of Arts and Sciences. She received her doctorate in the Department of German at Princeton University and is currently working on a book based on her dissertation, which is entitled "Reading as Listening: The Birth of Cultural Acoustics 1764-1803." In addition to 17th-19th century German literature and philology, her research fields include Sound Studies, Theories and Practices of Reading, Historical Prosody and Poetics, Media Studies, Concepts of Culture, Translation Theory, and Digital Humanities."
Through this series of talks, the German department is interested in exploring literary afterlives via the haphazard and layered imagery of geological sedimentation. Two sources helped orient them in developing this theme: the German word “absetzen” in all of its various meanings (to distance oneself, to dethrone, to deposit, to transmit, to wean, etc.) and A Student’s Table, a still-life by William Michael Harnett from 1882. Featuring one speaker per month, Tanvi Solanki joins us for the final installment of this lecture series.