The annual Edmund Kemper Broadus lectures are a series of scholarly discourses sponsored and hosted by the Department of English & Film Studies and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, and named after the legendary first Head of English at the U of A., a Virginian by birth, lured from Harvard to central Alberta by President Henry Marshall Tory in 1908 to found and run one of the University’s four original departments, which he did with distinction until 1936, the year of his death.
In 1971-72, Professor Chris Drummond delivered a series of lectures that, the following year, officially gave rise to an annual departmental lecture series known as the Edmund Kemper Broadus lectures.
Professor Katherine Binhammer delivered three public lectures on the theme “The Novelization of Money.”
If capital were a novel, what story would it tell? Bringing together twenty-first-century and eighteenth-century cultures of financialization, this series of lectures answers that the narrative of downward mobility, not upward mobility, is the surprising form the story of capital takes. Novels of financial loss counter-intuitively demonstrate the way narrative thrives from the impossible temporality of compounding economic growth. Our cultural belief that infinite economic growth will bring wealth to all -- the narrative that we can ‘uplift the whole people’ -- suggests that the story, itself, is the problem. These lectures will plot capital’s story to prove that in order to save the planet from unsustainable growth, we need to read more novels.
All three lectures took place at 3:30 p.m. in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Humanities Centre, University of Alberta.
Tuesday 10 October: Lecture 1: “The Narrative Exchange of Downward Mobility”
Thursday 12 October: Lecture 2: “The Character of Debt: Leveraging Fiction”
Friday 13 October: Lecture 3: “The Plot of capital: 1742-2012”
A reception in the Department of English and Film Studies, Humanities Centre Third Floor, followed the lecture on Friday. Everyone was welcomed to these talks, which were aimed at the general public.
Don't miss this video with Prof. Katherine Binhammer on her research topic.
Professor Katherine Binhammer teaches and researches eighteenth-century literature, feminist studies, narrative theory and cultural studies of finance in the Department of English and Film Studies. She has published The Seduction Narrative in Britain, 1747-1800 (Cambridge, 2009), and essays in venues such as The Cambridge Companion to Women’s Writing in Britain, 1660-1789, Feminist Studies, GLQ, Women’s Studies, ELH, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and The Journal of the History of Sexuality. Her most recent SSHRC-funded project focuses on downward mobility in the sentimental novel, reading stories of loss in the late-eighteenth century for the way their narrative structure takes the form of capital; essays from the project have appeared or are forthcoming in Studies in the Novel, Narrative and The Eighteenth Century:Theory and Interpretation.