Faith in Relevance

Elisa Tamarkin

UC Berkeley

Elisa Tamarkin is Associate Professor of English at University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America (Chicago, 2008), and, most recently, editor of "Fallacies," a special issue of Representations (2017). She is completing her book, also for U. of Chicago Press, titled, Apropos of Nothing: A History of Irrelevance and Relevance.


This paper offers a brief look at some aspects of the concept of “relevance” after 1830. It suggests that the idea and logic of relevance has a history in the nineteenth century that develops with the rise of pragmatism... [ view full abstract ]


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P40 » Transformations: The Climates of History (10:15 - Friday, 23rd March, Fiesta III-IV)

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