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The Birth of Tragedy

Hilton Als
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17:00 - 18:30
Rothermere American Institute
1a South Parks Road
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Lectures and seminars
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Hilton Als is one of the most influential and innovative critics writing today, yet his work refuses to adhere to the conventions of criticism. His characteristic form, as the New York Review of Books explains, "is a kind of essay in which biography, memoir, and literary criticism flow into one another as if it were perfectly natural that they should". Alongside his work as The New Yorker's theatre critic, Als's writing ranges across a vast array of contemporary aesthetic forms. He attends with particular richness to race, sexuality, and the varieties of American experience.
Als is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Association of Black Journalists Award, and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. His second book, White Girls, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014 and the Pulitzer Prize in 2016.