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Andrew Hui on aphorism

Monday, April 9, 2018
About Guest: 

Dr Andrew Hui is an Assistant Professor of Literature at Yale-NUS College. He received his PhD from Princeton University in the Department of Comparative Literature and is a graduate of St John’s College, Annapolis. From 2009-2012, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where he taught in the Introduction to Humanities Program. He has also studied at Yale Divinity School, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Warburg Institute (London), Middlebury Language Schools, and Princeton-in-Beijing.

Dr Hui works on the classical tradition of European Renaissance literature. His first book, The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016), argues that the period was a ruin-naissance, the birth of the ruin as a category of cultural discourse. His second book, A Theory of the Aphorism (forthcoming, Princeton University Press, Fall 2018), is a short book on the shortest genre of all: the short saying. It studies the ubiquitous yet under-explored form of the aphorism, one that pervades multiple traditions, from Heraclitus to Confucius, Buddhist sutras to Pascal, Nietzsche to Twitter.