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Creature (Dis)comforts: On Human Thresholds from Classical Myth to Modern Day

Saturday, June 3

CMRS Conference

The threshold of the home constitutes a literal boundary between public and private, between the domestic and the political. It is also a border that, by its very nature, invites transgression. It is a boundary that exists to be crossed.

This conference, organized by Dr. Sara Burdorff (UCLA, English) and Malcolm Harris (UCLA, English) takes the literal liminality of the domestic threshold as its inspiration, exploring the comparable permeability of more abstract thresholds in a wide range of social, temporal, and interdisciplinary contexts.

Presentations will elaborate on the ambivalent cultural value invested in other intrinsically–even necessarily–violable boundaries between Self and Other, including those between man and man, man and animal, and parent and child constructed and conceived of in physical, medical terms, approaching the two types of love treatises as creating one complex, coherent genre.

Complete schedule TBA.

Co-sponsored by the the UCLA Department of English.

Advance registration not required. No fee. Limited seating.

Funding for this conference is provided by the Armand Hammer Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies and the UCLA Department of English.


Saturday, June 3


Royce Hall 314
10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States