Penn State's Eburne to present at March 18 Comparative Literature Luncheon

March 13, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jonathan Eburne, associate professor of comparative literature, English, and French and Francophone studies at Penn State, will present “Book Talk: Outsider Theory” at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, March 18, in 102 Kern Building at University Park.

Eburne is editor-in-chief of ASAP/Journal, the scholarly  journal of ASAP, the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, and editor of the "Refiguring Modernism" book series at the Pennsylvania State University Press. He is the author of “Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas” (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) and “Surrealism and the Art of Crime” (Cornell University Press, 2008), and the co-editor of four additional books: “Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde” (2017), “The Year's Work in Nerds, Wonks, and Neocons” (2017), “The Year's Work in the Oddball Archive” (2016), and “Paris, Capital of the Black Atlantic” (2013). He also has edited or co-edited special issues of Modern Fiction Studies, New Literary History, African American Review, Comparative Literature Studies, Criticism, and ASAP/Journal.

Eburne is the founder and acting president of ISSS: The International Society for the Study of Surrealism; president of the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism; and in 2015 was president of ASAP.

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. — lunch is 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

This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.

Last Updated March 15, 2019