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Saturday, September 21 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
ALL THIS & MORE: Form, Subjectivity, and Difference in Hybrid, Multidisciplinary Works

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Traditional critical approaches to reading and interpreting the work of nonwhite, marginalized writers and artists tend to focus on markers of social, cultural, and racial identity as a means to dismiss or undermine formal innovation. The so-called “literary vs. cultural” ideology historically embraced by the academy places the formally-experimental in opposition to politically-engaged work, deeming the former “avant-garde” or “purely literary” and dismissing the latter as “identity politics” or “politically correct.” Additionally, work by marginalized writers is often expected to conform to predictable, acceptable themes (e.g., assimilation, redemption) that do not challenge or disrupt existing structures of power. But as Dorothy J. Wang argues, reading minority writers with close attention to both formal concerns and the larger contexts that have shaped the work, can suggest new possibilities for meaning-making.

In this panel, we will present and discuss hybrid, multimedia, and interdisciplinary work in which the use of form is inseparable from the social, historical, and political contexts that produced the writer’s subjectivity. With the goal of challenging ingrained literary-critical categories and assumptions, we will consider and claim alternate literary lineages and critical frameworks that can more expansively accommodate the intricacies of our complicated social, cultural, and political realities.

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Mary-Kim Arnold

Visiting Lecturer, Brown University
Mary-Kim Arnold’s Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018), an experimental memoir about her adoption from Korea at the age of two, has been honored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, featured in NPR’s Code Switch 2018 Book Guide, and named by Entropy... Read More →
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Diana Khoi Nguyen

Writer in Residence, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen’s debut collection, Ghost Of (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. In addition to winning the 92Y "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Colorado Book... Read More →
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Jan Maghinay Padios

Jan Maghinay Padios is a scholar and writer whose work has been published by Indiana Review, The Center for Art & Thought, Zócalo Public Square, Cultural Studies, and the Kunsthall Trondheim. She is an associate professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of... Read More →
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Dao Strom

Dao Strom is a writer, artist, and musician whose work uses disparate “voices”—written, sung, visual—to contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories. She is the author of a bilingual poetry/art book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else (Ajar... Read More →

lê thi diem thúy

lê thi diem thúy is the author of the novel The Gangster We Are All Looking For, and the solo performance works Mua He Do Lua/Red Fiery Summer, the bodies between us, and Carte Postale. She has been awarded fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the John Simon... Read More →

Saturday September 21, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT