Professor Seybold Presents at Harvard University

March 22 2016
Category: Academics

 

“While recent events prove that economics is too important to be left exclusively to economists, who habitually underestimate how much their work depends of imagination and pure invention, popular polemical depictions of financial capitalism’s sociopathic creep depend just as conspicuously on the fictive as does faith in the benignity of the invisible hand.”

On Friday, March 18, Dr. Matt Seybold, Assistant Professor of English, presented his paper, “Bezzles & Black Swans: The Disputed Terrains of Economic Imagination,” at Harvard University as part of the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. 

Dr. Seybold was part of the seminar “Revisiting the Archive: Finance & Contemporary Literature.” According to its organizers, Laura Finch (U. Penn) and John McGlothlin (Indiana U.), the seminar was designed to “rethink the relation between literature and finance capitalism” in the wake of “renewed interest in finance capitalism amongst literary critics” following the 2008 crisis. Dr. Seybold presented the first of eleven papers by an international panel of scholars.

As Dr. Seybold describes it, the role of his paper was to highlight that, “While recent events prove that economics is too important to be left exclusively to economists, who habitually underestimate how much their work depends of imagination and pure invention, popular polemical depictions of financial capitalism’s sociopathic creep depend just as conspicuously on the fictive as does faith in the benignity of the invisible hand.”