GV Art & Mind Symposium 14: Sunetra Gupta

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The Dutch Peepshow: anamorphosis as a narrative device? 

22 January 2013

Professor Sunetra Gupta

Sunetra is an acclaimed novelist, essayist and scientist. In October 2012 her fifth novel,So Good in Black, was longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. In 2009 she was named as the winner of the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific achievements. Sunetra is Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, having graduated in 1987 from Princeton University and received her PhD from the University of London in 1992. Sunetra was born in Calcutta in 1965 and wrote her first works of fiction in Bengali. She is an accomplished translator of the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore.

Sunetra has sent me this tile and short abstract, describing her proposed presentation:
Peepshow boxes were very popular in Holland in the 17th century, and a particularly fine example by Samuel van Hoogstraten (traveller, poet,mintmaster and artist) can be found in the National Gallery. I will discuss how these fascinating objects can help us understand what internal laws are obeyed by narratives – in both literature and science – which depart from the ‘traditional’ linear form yet avoid, in Aldo Rossi¹s words, ‘the arbitrary disorder that is an indifference to order’.

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