The Public School New York Para-Academia & Theory Fiction Series, Session 1: On Commentary

commentaryA class facilitated by Nicola Masciandaro
Date: Thursday, May 19th
Time: 8 PM
Admission: FREE!
Class limit: 50 (RSVP here)
Presented by the Hollow Earth Society and The Public School

Blogs, Speculative Medievalisms, Collapse, Cyclonopedia, Lovecraft, print-on-demand: the idea of “para-academia” has arisen in recent years as an addendum and an ultimatum to established disciplines and practices.

The Public School New York will explore these emerging ideas and modes of expression through a series of discussions and writing workshops.

Questioning the concept of the ‘marginal’, this session will consider commentary as a para-academic and theory-fictional mode of thinking and writing. Specific topics to be discussed include geometrics of commentarial thought, contemplation vs. speculation, hidden writing and acontextual scholarship, philological eros, and destructive reading. A theoretical introduction will be followed by open discussion of the texts and the futures of commentary.

A reading list is available on The Public School New York website.

Nicola Masciandaro is Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College and a specialist in medieval literature. He is founding editor of Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary and co-director of the open-access press Punctum Books. For more information, see The Whim.

The Public School New York is a self-organizing educational program open to the general public.