“Prone Minds and Extended Selves: The Cenci”
November 6, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the English Department, the 18th- and 19th-century Subfield will be hosting Yasmin Solomonescu for a remote guest lecture.
Yasmin Solomonescu’s talk at Minnesota is based on an essay for the forthcoming collection Romanticism and Consciousness Revisited. In “Prone Minds and Extended Selves: The Cenci,” she approaches Percy Shelley’s controversial drama of 1819 through the lens of present-day theories of extended mind—the idea that mind is not confined within the bounds of skin or skull but extends into the world, including into other minds. Solomonescu shows how, despite strong affinities between extended mind theory and Shelley’s Cenci, the latter stands apart in urging us to consider the potentially disastrous implications of an extended mind, and also in exploring how language, especially figurative language, can not just exacerbate those implications but also potentially mitigate them.
Please join us on Zoom for “Prone Minds and Extended Selves: The Cenci”
Time: Nov 6, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 966 8063 8729