Prof Steven Schroeder was invited to host a cross-disciplinary seminar, entitled “The Way Time Turns: Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, and Mo Yan”, organised by the Centre for Humanities Research on 26 March. It was a seminar as much on literature as on philosophy. Prof Schroeder believes the novel, with its sustained attention to narrative, has been an important site for philosophical reflection on time – making particularly important contributions since the beginning of the 20th century. From this perspective, he brought the audience through not only the works of Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison and Mo Yan, but also those of Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Prof Schroeder is a philosopher, poet, visual artist and scholar on ethics. He is currently teaching in the University of Chicago. He has published and edited multiple volumes of philosophy and literary criticism, including Virginia Woolf’s Subject and the Subject of Ethics: Notes Toward a Poetics of Persons (Edwin Mellen, 1996), and Between Freedom and Necessity: An Essay on the Place of Value (Rodopi, 2000). He has also published more than 10 volumes of poetry and won the Emily Dickinson Poetry Award twice in 1996 and 2002.