May 29, 2011

Bill Brown is the Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture, Department of English, Department of Visual Arts, and Committee on the History of Culture, at the University of Chicago.

This walk-through and discussion of O'Brien's exhibition will be led by Professor Bill Brown. Brown has an incredible range of scholarly interests, from popular literary genres revolving around baseball and kung fu to more rarified heights entailing close literary analysis of such figures as Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and Theodore Dreiser. Over the past decade, Brown has steadily taken up what he refers to as "object relations in the expanded field," a set of concerns better known as Thing Theory. The author of numerous articles, his most recent book is A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature."

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