Friday, April 18, 2014

Dissertation Chapter Workshop and Discussion with Alistair Chetwynd

Please join the United States Literatures & Cultures Consortium for our final dissertation chapter workshop and discussion of the year with

Alistair Chetwynd
PhD Candidate, English Language and Literature

Monday, April 21
3241 Angell Hall
4:10-5:30pm


Daniel's Travesty, Doctorow's Satire: A Reconsideration of the Politics of Postmodern Parody

Abstract:
E L Doctorow's The Book of Daniel is one of the foundational texts for our dominant account of the politics of postmodern fiction's form: Linda Hutcheon's claim that postmodern fiction privileges parody as a way of drawing power away from the hegemonic discourses that constitute official history.  In this paper I treat the novel instead as a pre-emptive critique of the idea that mere language-games or mere discursification have any value for the recuperation of historical possibility.  I then examine how this critique yet offers grounds for optimism about non-mimetic fiction's ability to help us do that recuperation.


Snacks provided!

Drafts are available for download at the USists website:
or from Google Drive here:
https://drive.google.com/a/umich.edu/file/d/0B3FAAv0dKLHXU081blFFNWoyWm8/edit?usp=sharing

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dissertation Chapter Workshop and Discussion with Sony Coráñez Bolton

Please join the United States Literatures & Cultures Consortium for a chapter workshop and discussion with

Sony Coráñez Bolton
Doctoral Student in American Culture,
Asia/Pacific Islander American Studies,
Southeast Asian Studies

Monday, March 17
3241 Angell Hall
4:10-5:30pm

Queer Entanglements and Homotransnationalisms: Reading Queer Enlightenments and Queer Diasporas in Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado and the “Philippine Gay Situation”

Snacks provided!

Drafts are available for download at the USists website:
https://sitemaker.umich.edu/usists/the_workshop_files

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dissertation Chapter Workshop and Discussion with Konstantina Karageorgos

Please join the United States Literatures & Cultures Consortium for a chapter workshop and discussion with

Konstantina Karageorgos
PhD Candidate in English

Monday, February 24
3241 Angell Hall
4:10-5:30pm

"Richard Wright's Marxism: The Outsider and the Making of a Postwar Aesthetic"
“Richard Wright’s Marxism: The Outsider and the Making of a Postwar Aesthetic” is the second consecutive chapter on Richard Wright in my dissertation, Beyond the Blueprint: Episodes of African-American Literary Marxism in the Period of the Cold War. Mobilized by a provocative claim—that Wright became a Marxist only after leaving the Communist Party—this chapter revisits the thirteen year interim between Native Son (1940) and The Outsider (1953), during which time Wright shifted his focus away from political and cultural Marxism to the principle texts of Marx’s thought. By recovering this lost period in Wright’s Marxist evolution, I restore a pivotal context to The Outsider, Wright’s most misunderstood novel, which reopens his postwar work to fresh political, theoretical, and formal readings.

Snacks provided!

Drafts are available for download at the USist website:

Please email Kathryne Bevilacqua (bevilacq@umich.edu) with any questions about this event.