Michael Wood


Approximate running time: 1h 30m without intermission

Literary and cultural critic, and friend of the late Edward Said, Michael Wood opens the Edward W. Said Days. In his lecture Contrapuntal Wizardry: From Said to Proust and Back—the first part of the title comes from an essay by Said in which he talks about the music of Bach—he explores musical and literary aspects of counterpoint in the works of Bach and Proust, linking them to the writings of Edward Said.

Lecture and Q&A in English. Simultaneous German translation will be available through your smartphone. To access it, please download the Sennheiser MobileConnect app

Please connect to the WiFi “Edward Said” in the hall (no password required), then select “Channel 1” in the Sennheiser MobileConnect app to hear the translation.

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Michael Wood is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, where he also served as director of the Gauss Seminar for Criticism and the Department of English for many years. He has published on literary figures including Gabriel Garciá Márquez, Franz Kafka, and Stendhal, and regularly writes for the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, and other literary journals. His latest monographs include Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much (2015), On Empson (2017), and The Habits of Distraction (2018). Michael Wood is currently working on a book about crime fiction and film.


Literature and the Taste of Knowledge (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Film: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012)

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