Sianne Ngai is Professor of English at University of Chicago. She is the author of Ugly Feelings (Harvard University Press, 2005) and Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting (Harvard University Press, 2012), which won the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize for Best Book of 2012. Her research focuses on twentieth-century American literature, critical theory, cultural studies, and feminism. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from the University of Copenhagen. Her current book, Theory of the Gimmick (forthcoming in 2020 from Harvard University Press) explores the mix of attraction and repulsion produced by the “gimmick” across forms particular to capitalist culture.
Co-sponsored by the Miami University Philosophy Department, Linda Singer Memorial Lecture Fund