The colloquium is a free lecture series featuring
Oana Popescu Sandu
“’American Experience’: Romanian Writers see New York”
Friday, February 7, 2014, 3:30 pm in Kleymeyer Hall (LA 0101)
Recent Romanian literature and film has tried to process the post-communist population exodus towards the west and represented using various generic forms the generational, emotional and conceptual issues writers undergo as they move east/west/east. Romanian poet and playwright Saviana Stanescu and poet Adrian Dosa experienced New York through the lenses of their communist and post-communist life and used their craft to render that experience exploring not only the east/west dichotomy but also the communist/post-communist, socialist/democratic, male/female, young/old binaries.The result is literature that is literally haunted by past ghosts while also keenly aware of the freedoms but also and excesses of the American landscape.
“Armed with Madness: Leonora Carrington and the Power of Myth”
Friday, March 21, 2014, 3:30 pm in Kleymeyer Hall (LA 0101)
At the time of her death in 2011, Leonora Carrington’s creative work in an astonishing variety of visual media and literary genres had conferred on her an almost mythical status. She was, said her friend, the prestigious Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, “the most beautiful sorceress,” one whose vision of art as a power for the radical re-enchantment of the world makes her a challenging and revelatory figure. My presentation will situate Carrington in the context of a wave of artists and writers, including Georges Bataille, Jackson Pollock, and Joseph Beuys who sought in myth the secret of a magic art.
Jessica Garcés Jensen
“Contemporary French Fiction and the Female Reproductive Experience”
Friday, April 25, 2014, 3:30 pm in Kleymeyer Hall (LA 0101)
In the early 1990s, a number of commercially and critically successful French writers began probing the lived experiences of the female reproductive body, tapping them for both creative inspiration and critical reflection, while expressing them through the voice of the reproductive subject. Previously, narratives of reproduction recounted in the first-person narrator’s perspective had been few in French fiction and works centrally concerned with these experiences were quite rare.
This presentation first identifies some key works within this ever-growing corpus that I refer to as “hysterographies” (literally “writings of the womb”). With this term, I unite first person narratives that capture women’s perceptions of their bodies during reproductive or sterile experiences as they innovate, reflect on their writing, and engage with the contemporary medical establishment. Then, I will take a closer look at the narrative techniques and formal experimentation that one hysterography, Marie Darrieussecq’s Le Pays (2005), employs to articulate the experiences of the narrator’s shifting relationship to her pregnant body.
For additional information, contact:
Dr. Melissa J. Stacer