Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, and Matthew Wrather convene a seminar to overthink The Chair, the new Netflix series starring Sandra Oh which mixes academic politics and personal struggles with jolts of humor. They try to untangle the show’s comment on the place of colleges, humanities, and professors in the culture; the show’s messy texture; and the map of interpretation and misinterpretation which serves as the through-line.
- “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” (Dickinson)
- Rhinoceros (Ionesco)
- Waiting for Godot and Endgame (Beckett)
- “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (Benjamin)