Tuesday, May 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 2010
A conversation with UCLA Italian Literature professor Thomas Harrison about Pink Floyd.
Thomas Harrison is Professor of Italian at UCLA, where he has been since 1994. He received his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and his M.Phil. and Ph.D in Comparative Literature from CUNY. Before joining the faculty of UCLA in 1994 he taught in Italian and comparative literature programs at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Utah. His research focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries. His interests cover poetry, the novel, aesthetic theory, philosophy, and film. He has written articles on D'Annunzio, Ungaretti, Montale, Zanzotto, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Stanley Fish, Alfredo Giuliani, Carlo Michelstaedter, and Georg Lukacs. He is also the author of two books: 1910. The Emancipation of Dissonance (Berkeley) and Essayism: Conrad, Musil and Pirandello (Baltimore); and the editor of two volumes: Nietzsche in Italy (Saratoga) and The Favorite Malice: Ontology and Reference in Contemporary Italian Poetry (New York). He is currently workikng on a cross-disciplinary study in aesthetics entitled Offscreen space. He was last at Stanford in 2004 when he gave the keynote address at the French and Italian department's conference on Architecture and Literature. He recently taught a course at UCLA on Pink Floyd.