The paper presentation begins with contemporary dystopias and a persistent liberal discomfort with them. Drawing on long poems by H.D. and Susan Howe, I will then ask whether the non-place of literature or literature as a place without the limitations of place, might enable us to think pasts, presents, and futures that are literally unhabitable and yet whose temporary psychic, imaginative, intellectual, and affective inhabitation is vital for human life.
Amy Hollywood is the Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School. Her most recent book isAcute Melancholia and Other Essays; she is currently working on a manuscript tentatively entitled Parenthetical (On Life, Death, and Henry James).
Department of Religion