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Sunday, September 22 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Grotesquing Gender: Deforming Narrative Now

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How do we 'grotesque' gender?

Why might we want to do so in the current moment?

We will explore female monstrosity and the grotesquing of gender in our current moment. While the 19th-century gothic deployed the monstrous feminine to illuminate the dark side of/other to the Victorian ideal of the domestic household angel, in our era, feminine monstrosity has the potential to serve as an explicit form of resistance to *any* stable notion of gender. In poetry, the term 'gurlesque' was coined to describe experimentally bold work that reappropriates the female gothic in a burlesque, witty fashion. What can the novel do differently with this impulse? How do narrative writers deploy monstrosity to interrogate the very notion of the ‘female’ and to render gender itself as grotesque, exorbitant, unstable, unsavory? What new monsters can we unleash?

Diverse in both our identities (sexualities, genders, races, ages, class origins, etc.) and narrative strategies, we will explore points of convergence and divergence in our uses of the grotesque. Each panelist will give a short reading, comment on their work in relation to that of the others, and engage in frank, frisky, and grotesque-y dialogue with one another and the audience.

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Aimee Parkison

Associate Professor of Fiction Writing, Oklahoma State University
Aimee Parkison is the author of Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman, which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Parkison teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma State University and has published five books of fiction.
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Jennifer Natalya Fink

Georgetown University
Jennifer Natalya Fink is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the Dana Award-winning The Mikvah Queen and Lambda-finalist and Doctorow-prize winning Bhopal Dance. She is an associate professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches creative writing and co-founded... Read More →

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown is the author of Not Heaven, Somewhere Else (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2018) and a dozen earlier titles published in the US and abroad, including American Romances, The Last Time I Saw You, The Dogs, The Terrible Girls (all with City Lights Books), and The Gifts of the Body... Read More →

Michelle Donahue

Michelle Donahue is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Utah. Her fiction has been published in CutBank, Arts & Letters, Sycamore Review, and elsewhere. She is fiction editor for Quarterly West and has an MFA in creative writing & environment from Iowa State... Read More →

Sunday September 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT
DISC-061 Auditorium