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Patrons of the Library Present Dr. Brian Michael Norton Speaking On “Literature and the Aesthetics of Everyday Life”

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Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at CSUF, to speak about the philosophy of happiness in the long eighteenth century.

  • Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Location: Pollak Library, Room 130
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Parking: Free and open to the public

Before joining the faculty at CSUF, Brian Michael Norton studied Comparative Literature at New York University, earning his PhD in 2006. Norton’s research focuses on the intersections of literature and philosophy in Enlightenment Europe, and he is particularly interested in how new ideas made possible new aesthetic forms, and how new forms made possible new ways of thinking about age-old questions.

He is the author of numerous essays, which have appeared in such journals as The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Eighteenth-Century Life, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction, as well as the recent book Fiction and the Philosophy of Happiness: Ethical Inquiries in the Age of Enlightenment (2012). Norton’s second book project examines aesthetic experience and everyday life in eighteenth-century literature, art and philosophy.

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