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Timothy Brennan Book Launch for Places of Mind

Celebrate CSCL/English professor's new Edward Said bio
March 19, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Join the Departments of English and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature to celebrate the publication of Professor Timothy Brennan's new book Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021). Register for this Zoom event. Brennan will present from the book and answer questions. Introductory remarks by Professor Shaden Tageldin (CSCL) and Professor Nabil Matar (English).

Cover image of Places of Mind with text over three broad swathes of white, red, and green in top 1/3 and bottom 2/3 a black and white photo of Said writing at writing stand in front of bookshelves

With unprecedented access to the papers of this influential intellectual and critique, Brennan has written "a useful and rich explication of Said’s trajectory," according to Claire Messud in Harper's. Notes Kirkus Reviews, "Drawing on abundant archival sources, Said’s hefty FBI file, his published and unpublished works, and hundreds of interviews, Brennan, who remained Said’s friend until his death, traces the evolution of a boldly transformative, controversial thinker, considered to be the inventor of post-colonial studies." The book is "invaluable reading," according to Publishers Weekly. And The New York Times included it in its "New Books to Watch Out for in March" feature.

Professor Brennan works on the relationship between comparative literature, world literature, and global English. His essays and course offerings deal with issues of intellectual history, cultural theory, the Marxist and phenomenological traditions, the avant-gardes, theories of colonialism and imperialism, problems of translation, and popular music. He is the author of At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now; Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel, and the Colonies; Salman Rushdie and the Third World: Myths of the Nation; and Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz, among others. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was named Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities (2014-2017) and CLA Scholar of the College (2003-2005) and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from South Asian Literatures Association for Contributions to South Asian Studies (2014).

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