Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture to discuss biopolitics of Walt Whitman

January 21, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Christian Haines, professor of English at Dartmouth College, will present “When Liberation Coincides with Total Destruction: Walt Whitman’s Biopolitics in Post-Katrina New Orleans and the Second Gulf War” at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

Haines is completing his first book, "A Desire Called America: Biopolitics, Utopia, and the Literary Commons," which examines utopian figurations of corporeality in 19th century and contemporary U.S. literature. He has published essays in journals including Criticism, Genre, and Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. He is co-editor and a contributor to a forthcoming special issue of Cultural Critique entitled “What Comes After the Subject?” His current research examines the relationship between contemporary cultural production and finance capital.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. — coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit

Last Updated January 23, 2016