News and Events

  • ‘Age is Unnecessary’: Shakespeare a...

    10 August 2017 (Thu) , 6.30-8.15PM
    At Performance Hall

    We have more exciting news coming your way! Ready yourself for THE Stephen Greenblatt – the distinguished Pulitzer Prize winner, Shakespearean scholar, and literary historian whose works have changed the landscape of literary criticism over the last forty years. In his lecture, Professor Greenblatt aims to connect the Bible, Renaissance li...

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  • Ramie Targoff Guest Lecture + Student Seminar

    10 August 2017 (Thu) , 12.00-1.30PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    Welcome back, everyone! Hope you are as excited about the new academic year as we are, as we’re starting this semester with some awesome events! To start things off, we are honored to have Professor Ramie Targoff who will deliver a guest lecture and lead a student seminar! Professor Targoff is the co-chair of Italian...

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  • Literature Capstone Symposium

    11 April 2017 (Tue) , 7:30PM
    At Saga Rector's Commons

    Join the Literature faculty in our very first capstone symposium, to celebrate the completion of our seniors’ capstone projects and to welcome the newly declared lit majors into the family!

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: Grattius and Augu...

    15 March 2017 (Wed) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    What is the relationship between poetry and politics? In this upcoming Literature WIP talk, Professor Steven Green will tackle this question by looking at the Cynegetica, a Roman didactic poem on hunting, to examine how it reflects the Roman Empire during the Augustan age. Through extensive use of anthropomorphic language, the craft of hunting i...

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  • Literature and the Cult of Personality: On Goet...

    2 March 2017 (Thu) , 5:00 PM
    At Global Learning Room 1

    Interested in the intersection of German and Anglo-American literature, aesthetics, theology and science? Then this talk is for you! Professor Gregory Maertz will deliver a talk on Goethe’s influence on British and American cultural life, and on how a literary icon can produce a cult of personality, as an exemplar worthy of emulation. Glob...

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  • Literature Works-In-Progress: Resistance Throug...

    15 February 2017 (Wed) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    Literature Works-in-Progress Series presents: Prof. Gretchen Head: “Resistance to Loss through the Preservation of Form: Arabic Literary Practice in the 20th Century.” How might we read modern Arabic literature beyond the reigning opposition of tradition vs. modernity? This talk will suggest a different way to interpret the modern Ar...

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  • Literature Works-In-Progress: Words, Words, Words

    2 November 2016 (Wed) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    For the fourth installment of our Literature WIP series, we are bringing you a special treat: our first student presentation! On Wednesday November 2, six students from the graduating class will give a talk on their capstone projects, covering topics from their research questions to their thoughts and motivations behind the process. Join us as...

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: The Aesthetics of...

    14 September 2016 (Wed) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    Second installment of the Literature Works-in-Progress series. This time, Professor Geoff Baker will talk about how literature and art can change the world, tracing the thoughts of Emile Zola, who emphasizes clarity, and Friedrich Nietzsche, who has an ardent love for confusion. Lunch will be served!

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  • A Building with One Side Missing: Liberal Arts ...

    14 October 2016 (Fri) , 12:00PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

    The Modernities and Identities Research Cluster and the Literature major invite you to attend our first research talk: Professor Philip Holden, from the English Department at NUS, will look at Raffles College (one of our earliest institutions) and discuss the value of liberal arts education in post-colonial Singapore. Lunch will be provided!

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: Stone, Jade, Medium

    12 October 2016 (Wed) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    Please join the Literature major for our third works-in-progress talk this semester! Professor Shaoling Ma will be delivering a talk on the relation between technical media and the implications of mediation during the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century. Lunch will be served!

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: A Theory of Aphor...

    2 September 2016 (Fri) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    Join Professor Andrew Hui and the Literature faculty discussing his new interpretation on aphorisms, tracing their history from Heraclitus to Nietzsche, Confucius to Twitter, the Buddha to Jesus. Lunch will be provided!

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  • A Theater and a Battleground: A Talk by Profess...

    13 April 2016 (Wed) , 11:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M
    At Classrom 15/TEAL Classrom (EC-01-012)

    On April 13th, join us for Professor McCann’s talk on professions of childhood in 1940s New York. Sean McCann studies late-nineteenth and twentieth century American literature and its relation to contemporaneous political developments. He is the author of A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government (Princeton Uni...

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  • Bernard Bate (1960-2016)

    11 March 2016 (Fri)

    The literature faculty and students mourn the passing of our cherished teacher, colleague, and friend Barney Bate. Professor Bate was an anthropologist of South India, an expert on the political oratory, social worlds, and linguistic practices of the Tamil people. As such he was a fellow traveler in our study of languages, aesthetics, and poetic...

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  • Lambda Literary Awards finalist

    10 March 2016 (Thu)

    Congratulations to Prof. Petrus Liu, whose book Queer Marxism in Two Chinas (Duke University Press, 2015) was just announced last night as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Founded in 1989, the Lambda Literary Awards are the most prestigious and glamorous LGBT literary event in the world. The winners will be announced at a red carpet...

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  • Time, Space & Being: On Wong Kar-wai

    10 March 2016 (Thu) , 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    Wong Kar-wai may be considered the most mythical and stylistic Hong Kong film director of all. The lecture will explore how his Hong Kong trilogy, “Days of Being Wild (1991),” “Fallen Angels (1995),” and “In the Mood for Love (2000),” with their unconventional use of camera and visual-audio media, represents the intellectual reaction to Hong...

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  • Yale-NUS Symposium on Film and Painting

    5 March 2016 (Sat)
    At Performance Hall

     Free and open to the public.   Symposium Location: Performance Hall 18 College Avenue West Yale-NUS College   PLEASE NOTE SCHEDULING CHANGES—FILM AND TIME Friday, March 4th, Film Screening:  Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Flowers of Shanghai (1998) Screening Location: National Museum of Singapore Time: 8:00 PM    Symposium Program Talks to be followed by dis...

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  • “Why the Literature Major is a Brilliant ...

    9 March 2016 (Wed) , 6:00 pm
    At Elm College Rector's Lounge

    Come hear Professor Paul Fry of Yale convince you “Why the Literature Major is a Brilliant Choice” at Elm College Rector’s Tea.

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  • Become a Literature Major!

    4 March 2015 (Wed) , 12:30 - 1:30pm
    At Classroom 17

    We’ll have two Literary Advising Sessions in the next two weeks. Food + drinks will be provided. Session 1: 4 March 2016, 12-1, Classroom 17 Session 2: 11 March 2016, 6-7, Classroom 9 Come and meet our faculty, learn about their research, and ask any questions about the Literature major and our course offerings. And...

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