21st May 2019 by

Hierarchy (2pm, Wed 22 May)

We’re moving from heroes to hierarchies this week, discussing a chapter from  Caroline Levine’s Forms.


The ‘Hierarchy’ chapter in Caroline Levine’s Forms (pp.82-112). Available online here: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/bham/reader.action?docID=1780458&ppg=89 (NB the chapter is longer than our usual readings, but clearly subdivided – feel free to pick and choose sections that appeal most to you.)

Time & Place:
  • 14:00-15:30, Wed 22 May 2019
  • Arts 247 (Dorothy’s office)
“Hierarchies rank— organizing experience into asymmetrical, discriminatory, often deeply unjust arrangements. The most consistent and painful affordance of hierarchical structures is inequality. Hierarchies are in this respect the most troubling of all the forms we will consider in this book.” – Caroline Levine, Forms

About the Doctoral Seminar:

This is an informal weekly reading group run for postgraduates within the Department of English Literature. We select a short text to read in advance, often a work of theory, then meet to discuss it. The seminar provides an opportunity to consider aspects of the reading that were thought-provoking or challenging for you, think about how it relates to texts you may have studied or plan to read, and share aspects of your own research and academic practice. It’s also a chance to get together, try out ideas, and meet fellow postgraduate researchers. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits and you are very welcome!