Persons and Things: a Roundtable in Memorial to Barbara Johnson

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NEMLA Convention April 2010
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In celebration of the life and work of Barbara Johnson, we will focus on one of her last books and its significance for fields ranging from law to film to the history of art. The essays in Persons and Things bring together concerns from throughout Johnson's career, and we will ponder her lifetime impact on criticism. She provokes us to reconsider the self-evident yet slippery difference between persons and mere objects, how 'non-life seems to lie behind what is considered most deeply human.' Abstracts are due September 30 and can be emailed directly to Charles Henebry, Boston University,