Bernadette Meyler, LAPA Fellow; Cornell University

Pardoning, Theatricality, Sovereignty

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Mon, 03/22/2010
4:30-6 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall
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Please join us for a LAPA Seminar with LAPA Fellow Bernadette Meyler, Associate Professor of Law and member of the Graduate Field in English at Cornell University, who will present "Pardoning, Theatricality, Sovereignty."  Her commentator will be Daniel Heller-Roazen, Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature and the Council of the Humanities.

As always, the LAPA format asks that seminar participants familiarize themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator will open the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception in the Kerstetter Room, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet. 

Professor Meyler writes: "My book project on "Theaters of Pardoning: Sovereignty and Judgment from Shakespeare to Kant" tracks the relationship between shifts in the location of the pardon power and the alteration from a more monarchically focused to a more parliamentary conception of sovereignty in seventeenth-century England. It also examines how the shared audiences of politico-legal and dramatic spectacles conveyed conceptions back and forth between the two spheres. The LAPA seminar will focus on the first chapter of this project; entitled "Theatricality, Pardoning, Sovereignty;" the chapter provides a theoretical introduction to the issues treated in the book."

Bernadette Meyler is the inaugural Mellon/LAPA Fellow in Law and Humanities at Princeton this year and a Professor of Law and English at Cornell University. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between constitutional law and the common law, British and American legal history, law and literature, and law and religion. She also started a Law and Humanities Colloquium at Cornell. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of law reviews and peer-edited journals, including the Stanford, Cornell, UCLA, and Notre Dame Law Reviews, the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, Diacritics, and Theory and Event. Meyler received her AB from Harvard, JD from Stanford, and Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Irvine, where she was the beneficiary of both a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Study and a Chancellor's Fellowship. Prior to entering law teaching, she clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert A. Katzmann on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Daniel Heller-Roazen is the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature and the Council of the Humanities. He is the author of The Enemy of All: Piracy and the Law of Nations (Zone Books, 2009); The Inner Touch: Archaeology of a Sensation (2007), which was awarded the Modern Language Association's 2008 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literature Studies; Echolalias: On the Forgetting of Language (2005); and Fortune's Faces: The Roman de la Rose and the Poetics of Contingency (2003). He has also edited the Norton Critical Edition of The Arabian Nights(forthcoming in 2010) and has edited, translated and introduced Giorgio Agamben's Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy (1999). Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2000, Heller-Roazen studied philosophy and literature in Toronto, Baltimore, Venice and Paris (BA in Philosophy, University of Toronto; MA in German and PhD in Comparative Literature, Johns Hopkins University). He teaches courses on classical and medieval literature, aesthetics and the philosophy of art, and is currently writing a book about harmony.