A Panel Discussion
with Professors Taylor Carman (Philosophy), Elizabeth Castelli (Religion), Peter Connor (French), Rachel Eisendrath (English). Moderated by Mary Gordon (English)
Mary Gordon, Millicent C. McIntosh Professor in English and Writing, graduated from Barnard and joined the English Department's faculty in 1988. Her four latest books are The Liar’s Wife (2014), The Love of My Youth (2011), Reading Jesus (2009), and Circling My Mother (2007). For more information, please visit her website: http://www.marygordon.net.
Elizabeth A. Castelli, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Religion at Barnard, is a specialist in biblical studies, early Christianity, feminist/gender studies in religion, and theory and method in the study of religion. Her English translation of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini's San Paolo, the never-produced script for a film about St. Paul, will appear in early 2014 from Verso Books UK. She is the founding editor of the scholarly journal Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds.
Peter Connor, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, is the Director of Barnard’s Center for Translation Studies. His teaching and research interests include twentieth-century French literature, literary theory, contemporary French philosophy, translation, and psychoanalysis. He is the author of Georges Bataille and the Mysticism of Sin (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U.P., 2000) and the translator of numerous books and articles by French philosophers.
Rachel Eisendrath, Assistant Professor of English and Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Barnard, specializes in sixteenth-century poetry. Her work explores problems of aesthetics, the history of poetic forms, and the intersection of literary and visual arts. Her current book project, tentatively called “Renaissance Ekphrasis: Artwork and Artifact,” is a study of elaborate literary descriptions, or ekphrases, against the background of the early modern rise of objectivity.
Taylor Carman, Professor of Philosophy, came to Barnard College in 1994. He has also taught at the University of California, San Diego. His main areas of interest are in the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and in phenomenology. He is the author of Heidegger’s Analytic: Interpretation, Discourse, and Authenticity in Heidegger's Being and Time (2003) and Merleau-Ponty (2008), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Merleau-Ponty (2005).