What is PAL?
PAL stands for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature. “Arts” includes theater,painng, lm, music, and other arts. PAL exists to encourage and promotework that places literature, theater, painng, lm, and other arts inconversaon with philosophy without reducing them to mere illustraonsof philosophical paradigms. It seeks to foster conversaon between writers,arsts, scholars and crics by organizing and co-sponsoring conferences,symposia and more informal workshops.An important part of PAL’s mission is to encourage and develop the workof young scholars. To this end, in January 2010, we proposed a GraduateCercate in Philosophy, Arts and Literature. We are delighted to announcethat the Execuve Commiee of the Graduate Faculty at Duke approved thenew Cercate in April 2010. Informaon about the Cercate and how toearn it will be available on PAL’s website by the beginning of the Fall semester2010. Every year, PAL will organize relevant workshops and other eventsspecically for graduate students and recent Ph.Ds.PAL welcomes all kinds of philosophical perspecves on literature and thearts, and on quesons in aesthecs and literary theory. The inspiraon tostart PAL came from the “Working Group on Ordinary Language Philosophyand the Aesthec” organized by Sarah Beckwith and Toril Moi, and fundedby Duke’s English Department from 2007 to 2009. PAL will connue toencourage exploraon of ordinary language philosophy in the tradion aerWigenstein, J. L. Ausn and Stanley Cavell.
(Director of PAL)James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance StudiesProfessor of English, Theater Studies, and PhilosophyToril Moi’s latest book is
Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism
(OxfordUniversity Press, 2006), which won the MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne ScaglionePrize for the best book in Comparave Literary Studies in 2007. She is nowworking on a book on ordinary language philosophy and problems in literarytheory. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. See also www.torilmoi.com.
(University of Bergen)Chrisne Hamm is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguisc, Literaryand Aesthec Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. She was a PALVising Scholar in Spring 2010. Chrisne Hamm regularly teaches courses inliterary theory, gender studies and Scandinavian literature. She has publisheda book on the novels of marriage wrien by the Norwegian naturalist writerAmalie Skram, inspired by Stanley Cavell’s work on melodrama. She has alsocoedited a collecon of arcles that include queer readings of literary texts.Her current project focuses on motherhood in Sigrid Undset’s wrings.