March 4, 1999 – Eduardo Cadava: “Mourning America: Emerson and the Guano of History”

Thursday, March 4 | 4:00 pm | Oakes Mural Room

Eduardo Cadava is Associate Professor of English at Princeton University. His talk focuses on Emerson’s relation to issues of race and manifest destiny, and is part of a book in progress entitled Mourning America, on the relationship between mourning and nationalism. Professor Cadava is the author of Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (1997), a reading of Walter Benjamin’s concept of history and its relation to photography; and Emerson and the Climates of History (1997), a study of the politics of Emerson’s meteorological reflections. He co-edited Who Comes After the Subject? (Routledge, 1991), and is the translator of many essays by contemporary French philosophers, including the work of Derrida, Lacoue-Labarthe, and Blanchot. In addition to his work on Emerson, he is currently writing Music on Bones, a book length meditation on the relation between music and techniques of reproduction, memorization, and writing.