This talk makes a case for “attachment” as an essential key word for the humanities. What are the devices that attach us to works of art? Zadie Smith’s conversion to the music of Joni Mitchell offers a striking example of one such device: that of attunement.
Rita Felski is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at the University of Virginia and Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. She has written widely on literary theory and aesthetics, feminist theory, modernity and postmodernity, and cultural studies. Her most recent books are Uses of Literature (2008), Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses (2013), The Limits of Critique (2015) and Critique and Postcritique (2017).